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Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, fresh off an unexpected reelection fight in May, has laid out new priorities for pedestrian safety projects in parts of Northeast and Central L.A.

A motion put forth earlier today by Cedillo notes that two neighborhoods in Council District 1 - Westlake and Pico Union  rank among the top three neighborhoods in Los Angeles for injuries and fatalities among cyclists and pedestrians.

The projects, which are listed according to priority, are as follows:

  • Alvarado intersection at 6th Street, Wilshire Boulevard and 7th Street - installation of scrambled crosswalks;
  • Implementation of delayed Safe Routes to School projects at Esperanza Elementary School, Liecthy Middle School & Union Avenue Elementary School;
  • Installation of full traffic signals at Berendo and Pico Boulevard; Temple and Patton; and Avenue 26 and Humboldt;
  • Installation of rapid rectangular flashing beacons on Eagle Rock Boulevard at Avenues 35 and 41 intersections; and
  • North Figueroa Corridor - Painted Curb Extensions and intersection tightening when feasible to reduce crossing distance and increase visiblity; leading pedestrian intervals at each signalized intersection with extended crossing time; rapid rectangular flashing beacon at Avenue 60; and
  • Present pedestrian safety improvement recommendations to CD 1 for intersections of North Figueroa at Piedmont, Marmion Way/Pasadena Avenue and Cypress Avenue

Cedillo also directs the Department of Transportation to "stop all actions relating to the implementation of road diets, traffic lane removals and/or lane recongifurations within Council District 1 until such actions are approved/authorized by the Councilmember."

A progress report would be expected in 60 days, should the motion be adopted by the full Council.

The intersection of Alvarado and Wilshire via Wikimedia Commons

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