What We Heard: How Streets Work

I came to Los Angeles this week knowing I was going to be covering the city on foot, bike, and public transit. And I wondered how LA’s street design has evolved in recent years. So I met up with Ryan Snyder. (In fact, Snyder met me on his bike at the hotel downtown, and I began the interview on a bike ride to his office in Park La Brea.) A transportation planner and consultant, he oversaw the creation of the new Model Design Manual for Living Streets. Though funded by the LA County Department of Health and the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, the manual is a free open source document meant for all kinds of cities and communities looking to improve their streets. Snyder says cities around the world have taken an interest in applying the manual’s principles and he hopes this is the beginning of making Los Angeles a leader in the street redesign revolution.