WELCOME to Restore Venice Blvd.

The Lane Thefts on Venice Blvd. Endanger Everyone 

Attend the LADOT Open House for Venice Blvd on March 14th, 6 to 8 PM at Mar Vista Recreation Center. Click here for more details.

It’s a BAD plan that isn’t working for anyone: pedestrians, cyclists, businesses, neighbors, commuters, emergency responders, beachgoers or tourists. 

The City sold a one year "pilot project" to the community to beautify Venice Blvd. and increase customers for local businesses. Instead, they stole lanes from motorists to make Venice Blvd. “safer” - when there hasn’t been a pedestrian or cyclist death here since 2008. 

Before the lane theft, traffic on state-owned Venice Blvd. flowed well, even at peak hours. 46,500 to 52,000 cars traveled Venice Blvd. daily (CalTrans, 2016). After the lane theft, only 31,000 cars a day use Venice Blvd (LADOT, 2017). So where did all those cars go? Onto residential streets, creating havoc in our neighborhoods where kids play and neighbors walk their dogs or take a evening stroll. Locals avoid Venice Blvd. and go elsewhere to dine and shop, no longer patronizing local businesses. 
74% of residents polled in Mar Vista, Venice and surrounding neighborhoods are AGAINST the lane thefts. They want the pilot project ended and the lanes on Venice Blvd. restored now. 

Here’s WHY: 
  • Gridlock every day, at all hours and even on the weekends, creating more air pollution 
  • Cut through traffic onto previously quiet residential streets 
  • Small businesses revenues down up to 30% and 5 businesses have closed 
  • Increased emergency response times as emergency vehicles are stuck in gridlock
  • Increased accidents on and near Venice Blvd. - 14 cyclists hit and 1 pedestrian death
  • Access restricted to Venice Beach and emergency and tsunami evacuation routes

Here is how you can get connected and support our cause:

1) Sign our petition at Change.org

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3) Donate to our GoFundMe campaign

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5) Join the conversation at Nextdoor.com

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9)  Use social media hashtags:
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  • #restorethelanes
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Now that you are connected, TAKE ACTION by sharing your feedback about the lane thefts on Venice Blvd. with Los Angeles City officials and departments.