There are many challenges related to making a city a safe place for bicyclists and pedestrians. Sometimes, creative solutions are the best way to address these challenges. Might the world of art hold some answers as to how to creatively address pedestrian and bicyclist safety issues here in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles is starting a program aimed at exploring this possibility. The program, recently announced by the mayor, is referred to as the Creative Catalyst Artist in Residence Program. This program will involve selecting an artist to be embedded in the transportation department here in Los Angeles. The artist ultimately selected for this position will receive a commission for serving this role. The city is currently in the process of taking applications for the role. 

The selected artist will be involved in efforts to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety in the city. The hope is that bringing in someone from the art world will bring some new ways of thinking to this important traffic safety issue and will perhaps lead to creative solutions that will help make Los Angeles a safer place for bicyclists and pedestrians.

What do you think of this program? What results do you think it will yield? What sorts of insights do you think the art world has to offer when it comes to traffic safety?

Cities taking steps to provide a safe environment for pedestrians and bicyclists is very important. Another incredibly important thing is drivers taking pedestrian and bicyclist safety seriously. Driver conduct plays a very big role in how safe pedestrians and bicyclists are in a city. Careless conduct by drivers could lead to a pedestrian or bicyclist having their life vastly altered in a flash. Personal injury lawyers can assist victims of bicycle or pedestrian accidents with pursuing legal action against careless drivers.  

Source: Los Angeles Times, “L.A.’s mayor will hire an artist to help reduce traffic deaths on city streets,” Mike Boehm, Oct. 28, 2015