June 10, 2019 1:00 PM
by Scott Johnson
Our city is on a mission to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2026. It’s a big goal, which is why we have launched the Take the Friendly Road campaign, but we can’t do it alone. We need all hands on deck — that’s why we’re asking for your input.
Earlier this year, we launched the Wilshire Safety Study — a data-driven assessment of traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths. With the results of this study, we’ll identify locations on Wilshire Blvd. that are most in need of infrastructure adjustments. Making these adjustments will help us continue to keep Santa Monica’s roads safe for years to come — regardless of whether we walk, take public transportation, drive, bike, or scoot.
A major part of this study is gathering input from the very people who travel along Wilshire Blvd. every day — you.
So how can you provide your input? One way is by using our new, interactive map tool. The tool allows you to report any road safety concerns you have while traveling on Wilshire Blvd. or any of Santa Monica’s streets. For example, is there a particular intersection where you frequently witness speeding or failure to yield? How about a crosswalk you find difficult to cross? Maybe a stretch of road in need of maintenance? You can report all these concerns and more.
Here’s how it works:
- Open the interactive map tool and click ‘Add Comment.’
- Drop a marker on the map to identify the geographic location of concern.
- Select one of 10 icons to represent the problem — examples include poor visibility, difficult crossing conditions, and road surface maintenance issues.
- Provide a note to communicate your concern in more detail. Keep in mind — specifics will help us address any concerns more efficiently, so details are always encouraged.
- This crowdsourced map is being used by the City of Santa Monica for planning purposes only. For emergencies, please contact 911.
We appreciate you taking the time to report your concerns — it will do a lot to help us reach our goal of zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries.
Together, we can create a safe and friendly Santa Monica for everyone. For more info, visit santamonica.gov/friendlyroad.
Transportation Planning Associate