During December, the LAPD cracked down on jaywalking in Downtown LA, with officers handing scofflaws tickets for even the most minor infractions. What was more troublesome, however, are the outrageous fines levied onto those who were ticketed. This could not have come at a worse time, as Downtown LA is reinventing itself as a pedestrian-friendly destination and an explosion in the residential population has made street-side businesses more viable. The Los Angeles Daily News editorial board expressed its discontent, stating that the crackdown seriously jeopardizes efforts to make LA more comfortable for people who walk.
However, the lack of safe sidewalks across Los Angeles has also hampered the creation of an attractive walking environment. City leaders are currently crafting a ballot measure that would authorize the city to issue $3 billion in bonds for street repairs. Those interested in better pedestrian environments see this proposal as an opportunity to repair and install sidewalks. The proposal could also set aside money for bike facilities, if advocates clamor for their inclusion in the bond measure.