Los Angeles city officials have unveiled a new pedestrian safety initiative that will replace dozens of traditional crosswalks throughout the city, including one at a busy Venice intersection, with a more visible design.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled the plan Dec. 18 at the intersection of Fifth and Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles— the site of the first “continental crosswalk.”
In an effort to improve visibility of pedestrians, the crosswalks will be painted with two-foot wide yellow or white stripes paired with a limit line – or stop line – set back from the crosswalk to reduce vehicular encroachment into the crosswalk. The new design will alert motorists that they are approaching a pedestrian zone.
Over the next three months the city plans to install continental crosswalks at 53 intersections with high incidents of pedestrian-related collisions. Lincoln Boulevard and Rose Avenue in Venice is currently the only 11th District location listed.
A recent study shows that continental crosswalks experience 25 percent fewer pedestrian crashes than traditional ones, according to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.
“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 Councilman Bill 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.”
The average cost of installing a “zebra crosswalk” is $10,000 per intersection. The improvements are being funded by Measure R funds that the City Council set aside for pedestrian improvements.