City Launches Pedestrian Safety Initiative

The City unveiled a new pedestrian safety initiative that will replace dozens of traditional crosswalks throughout Los Angeles with a more visible design.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made the announcement today at the intersection of Fifth and Spring Street in downtown — the site of the first continental crosswalks.

The improved crosswalk features two-foot wide yellow or white painted stripes paired with a limit line — or stop line —  setback from the crosswalk to reduce vehicular encroachment into the crosswalk. The photo above shows the improvements at Fifth and Spring.

These bold crosswalk will alert motorists that they are approaching a pedestrian zone. A recent study shows that pedestrian crashes in intersections with continental crosswalks is more than 25% less than traditional ones, according to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.

LA Streetsblog has a list of the crosswalks scheduled for the new feature — one of them being in Councilmember Bill Rosendahl‘s 11th District.

“The crosswalks are just another example of how the City is working to improve mobility for all Angelenos, whether you travel by car, bike, or on foot,” said  Rosendahl, who chairs the City’s Transportation Committee. “These new pedestrian features will go a long way toward making our streets even safer, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Continental Crosswalks to intersections in the 11th District,”

During the next three months, a total of 53 intersections will have the improved crosswalks throughout the city. These intersections are in the top 50 of those with the highest number of pedestrian and vehicle collisions.

The average cost of installing a zebracrosswalk is $10,000 per intersection. The improvements are being funded by Measure R funds that the City Council set aside for pedestrian improvements.

Photo credit: Metro

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