Safer Crosswalk Coming to Busy Venice Intersection

New crosswalk design will make pedestrians more visible to motorists.

A new striped crosswalk will be painted at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Rose Avenue in Venice to improve pedestrian safety.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled the new cross walk design on Monday at Spring and Fifth streets in downtown Los Angeles. In the next three months, 53 crosswalks will be painted at busy intersections throughout the city that will feature a two-foot wide yellow or white painted stripes and a stop-line near the curb to prevent drivers from encroaching on a pedestrian’s space. 

“Los Angeles is in the midst of a transportation renaissance,” said Mayor Villaraigosa in a statement. “We are doubling the size of our rail network, making improvements to traffic flow and adding new bikeways. But we need to ensure that no one gets left behind. This focus on pedestrian safety is part of our efforts to create a 21st century transportation network that works for everyone.”

The majority of the new crosswalks are near transit lines that have seen a higher number of vehicle-pedestrian collisions compared to other intersections in Los Angeles.

The average crosswalk will cost $2,500 and Measure R funds set aside for pedestrian improvements are funding the project. 

The city will also launch an educational campaign advertising on billboards, bus shelters and bus panels to alert motorists of the new changes. This campaign is one of the first for Los Angeles’ new pedestrian coordinators hired earlier this year to improve walkability. 

"Los Angeles is a city of walkers and this is an important first step in making sure pedestrians across the city are safer during their travels,"Margot Ocañas, the city’s first pedestrian coordinator said in a statement. "The new crosswalks make a clear statement that our streets belong to everyone and that we should be safe when sharing the road."

The new crosswalk design will be applied to all new transit and development projects in L.A. and will be gradually implemented across all city crosswalks. 

Scott December 18, 2012 at 12:43 AM
We need a lot more of these in Venice, I'd start with any 4 lane intersecting with a 4 lane street, and any 4 lane intersecting with Abbott Kinney or Pacific.
Sean December 18, 2012 at 05:07 AM
$2500 to paint a crosswalk! and people wonder why the city is broke... this is just plain crazy i am sure if it were up to the private sector it would cost 300 0r 400 bucks
burned@thestake December 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM
A good portion of that is the materials. Cars are going to be driving on those cross-walks - and so the stuff has to be extra-durable (several Millimeters - if not centimeters - thick), unless you want to keep re-painting, every few months. It typically involves some kind of shiny reflective stuff mixed in with the paint, as well. The private sector would likely charge more, and not less. The difference is that the people doing and overseeing the work in this case have more modest salaries (though generally, good benefits). In the private sector, the workers get paid minimally, and the CEO makes 100 times as much - or more. SM usually contracts this type of thing out - and it costs the same or more. The difference isn't how much it costs, but how the costs are distributed when paid-out. As with your misguided attacks on Linda Lucks and Steve Clare - nobody is getting rich here. Since LA has it's own Transportation/Streets Division, the only room for corruption here, would be on the purchasing end. Since the materials are fairly specialized, unless you know of some low-bidder being passed-over - I don't see it.
David Ewing December 18, 2012 at 09:22 PM
The City painted a similar crosswalk at Palms & Lincoln a couple of years ago, and the stripes are already disappearing. However, the City is now installing traffic lights at this intersection, which has seen more than its share of injury accidents. Without traffic lights, those crosswalks give pedestrians a false sense of security. The outside lane of traffic may stop, but the drivers in the next lane can't see what they stopped for, and by the time they see the pedestrian, he or she is already smeared across their windshield or embedded in their grille.


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