With one of the worst fatality rates in the nation for people who are walking and bicycling, Los Angeles County is moving forward with a massive transportation rebuild that includes improvements such as repairing streets and sidewalks, improving traffic flow, and expanding public transit and improving connections, is likely to help the county lose that notoriety, and not only increase the safety of its citizens, but also their ability to be more physically active.
The investment is the result of a ballot initiative approved last year by the voters of Los Angeles County. Known as the Los Angeles County Transportation Improvement Plan – or Measure M – the ballot measure is projected to raise more than $120 billion over the next four decades via a half-cent sales tax.
The measure included language to also provide funding for better and safer walking and biking environments, which when combined with other investments, could result in sidewalks, street crossings and bike lanes receiving literally billions of dollars over the project period.
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