a pedestrian caution road sign.
A pedestrian caution road sign.

City Councilman Bob Blumenfield is seeking clearer guidance for the design, construction and maintenance of pedestrian walkways in Los Angeles, according to a motion filed Friday.

Blumenfield’s motion said the city lacks such guidance, leading to a range of “informal dirt use trails to fully developed rubberized tracks” that are common in the public right of way.

The motion calls for the Bureau of Engineering, StreetsLA and Department of Recreation and Parks to report back with a process and timeline to construct and maintain alternative surfaces for pedestrian walkways, and criteria for when such surfaces would be appropriate. It was seconded by Councilman Joe Buscaino.

“The City should encourage walking for recreation and transportation through the construction and maintenance of pedestrian pathways, including supporting historical use of informal facilities,” the motion states.

Maintaining and upgrading informal facilities such as dirt trails would promote community health and environmental sustainability, according to the motion.

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