Last week, Inglewood held its first community workshop in efforts to “Take Back The Streets” and make the City an example for stress free walking and bicycling. The City’s Economic and Community Development Department’s Planning Division drafted an Active Transportation Plan and a Safe Routes to School Plan that encourages all those who live, work, and play to easily and safely get around without an automobile, if they so choose. Because of this process, the City will be able to apply for grant funding to make the vision a reality.
With around 40-50 residents and community stakeholders in attendance, the workshop focused on imagining an Inglewood where destinations such as schools, workplaces, shopping, dining, and the rest of the region are connected and accessible to walking or biking, and where the results of the people’s efforts create a more beautiful and sustainable city that promotes the cultural and artistic qualities of neighborhoods and spurs economic growth for commercial districts.
Derek Steele, Health Equity Programs Director for the Social Justice Learning Institute added, “Discussions about the want and need for active transportation in the city continued to come up and in 2015, the chance came for the City of Inglewood to apply for grant funds to develop an active transportation plan to make our city one of the most bikeable and walkable cities in the State of CA and beyond. Healthy and Sustainable Inglewood Collaborative (HSIC) set the bar on how to create a cross section of stakeholders. The Planning Division is making it a point to make this process as community-driven as possible, making space for the Inglewood community to take ownership of its active transportation future.