The South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG), its technical consultant Fehr and Peers, and cities’ staff have begun technical planning work to implement the new 243-mile route network called the South Bay Local Travel Network (LTN).
The LTN is a network of safe streets that will support the growing use of personal, zero-emission micromobility vehicles in the
South Bay. It’s designed to accommodate neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs)—street-legal golf carts, along with e-scooters,
e-bikes, and other personal electric mobility devices, such as e-trikes or e-skate boards, as well as traditional pedal bikes.
The LTN routes users on residential streets (primarily 25 mph) connecting neighborhoods-to-neighborhoods-to-destinations,
while safely crossing busy, faster streets at controlled intersections. (Watch video to see examples at bit.ly/3pe19Gf)
The transportation consulting firm, Fehr & Peers, has begun planning work to create the signage, branding and engineering details that will be used to define the LTN. Together, these elements will become a new LTN “sharrow” system in the South Bay. A sharrow
system has markings on the road, along with wayfinding signage at the curb indicating that cars and slow-speed vehicles are sharing the
road. Because the LTN will primarily operate on residential streets at 25 mph, together, the markings and signage will support safe travel for micromobility users in the South Bay.
Developing the technical details and arriving at consensus for the elements that will make up the LTN brand and wayfinding signage for the network is a region-wide effort now underway. Implementation of the first phase of the LTN is expected to begin in the Fall of 2023 with the first corridors operational in early 2024. The first two corridors of the LTN are the beach cities of El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach, as well as across the inland cities of Gardena, Lawndale and Hawthorne. •