VIDEO: The Pico Aliso Neighborhood Project

Pedestrian safety and walkability are pressing issues in Boyle Heights, which is surrounded by six freeways and serves as a gateway into downtown Los Angeles. In the Boyle Heights’ Pico Aliso Neighborhood, the community group Proyecto Pastoral’s Comunidad en Movimiento (CEM) aims to improve walkability and street safety, especially for children, youth, seniors, and those who rely on public transit.

Acting on years of data gathering, interviews, and community-led planning, Proyecto Pastoral is now focused on developing, testing, and implementing appropriate safety improvements where they’re most needed. CEM funded their street safety outreach and community planning work partially through a crowdfunding campaign on ioby, part of the Trick Out My Trip matching funds initiative in partnership with Transit Center.