What is Measure HLA?
An initiative aiming to make Los Angeles streets safer will be on the March 5th ballot.
Measure HLA would require the city to improve streets and sidewalks to make drivers, bikers, and pedestrians safer.
In 2015, the Los Angeles City Council passed Mobility Plan 2035, which promised to upgrade over 2,500 miles of LA streets.
The measure aimed to improve the following:
- Bike Enhanced Network
- Bike Lane Network
- Neighborhood Enhanced Network
- Pedestrian Enhanced District
- Transit Enhanced Network
- Vehicle Enhanced Network
According to a progress report from the City of Los Angeles, 76% of the 173 planned programs have either been completed or are being implemented.
However, the group behind Measure HLA, Healthy Streets LA, argues that the city has only completed 5% of programs and is costing the city lives. The group states that at the city’s current pace, it would take 160 years to implement the proposed improvements.
Healthy Streets LA cites Los Angeles' large number of vehicular deaths as a main reason why Measure HLA should be passed. In 2023, there were over 330 traffic deaths, the most in more than two decades.
What Does Measure HLA Do?
In short, Measure HLA would require the City of Los Angeles to carry out the improvements that were promised in Mobility Plan 2035.
Measure HLA would mandate that the city provide an open data portal where Los Angeles residents can access the progress and implementation of changes to city streets. Secondly, it would allow residents to sue the city for not following HLA rules and be awarded the litigation money.
While proponents argue that Measure HLA would make Angelenos safer, opponents argue that it will only increase traffic and force residents on “buses and bikes.”
Measure HLA will appear on the March 5th ballot and has been endorsed by the Los Angeles Times and many organizations in LA, including BizFed.
How Does Measure HLA Impact You?
The safety of Los Angeles streets is important to not only residents but properties as well. The safety of sidewalks and roads can generate higher foot traffic to retail areas and other businesses.
In addition, with Metro expanding its services to prepare for the 2026 World Cup and the 2028 Summer Olympics, more residents will likely begin to use public transportation than ever before. Thus, more people will be walking the streets of Los Angeles without the use of a car getting them from Point A to Point B.
Although HLA will mandate the city implement the promises made in the Mobility Plan 2035, voters must decide if the street improvements are worth the potential increased traffic it could cause.
With voting just over a month away, we’ll make sure to update you on the support the ballot initiative receives after the election.
Until then, keep up with BOMA on the Frontline for the latest news in the Greater Los Angeles area.