There’s a new signalized crosswalk coming to a dangerous intersection on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
The 1/3 mile stretch of Sunset between Gardner and Poinsettia is a hub of activity—and traffic. For years, residents and visitors in this vibrant commercial area have been forced to walk a number of blocks down Sunset to a stoplight or take their chances crossing the busy road without the protection of a crosswalk. As shown in the video “Where’s My Crosswalk?” made by local filmmaker Adam Choit in March, people often choose to cross at their own risk. The sight of pedestrians standing in the middle of four lanes of speeding traffic struggling to get across the street has been all too common.
This spring, thanks in part to the efforts of Choit and Los Angeles Walks founder Deborah Murphy, LADOT announced that the intersection of Sunset and Vista Street will receive a crosswalk in the coming year, as recently reported on Streetsblog and Curbed.
“You can make a difference in your neighborhood if you get involved and stay committed like Adam Choit,” says Murphy. “I encourage dedicated pedestrian advocates and community leaders to get involved in the city’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee. We need representatives from Council Districts 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12 and 15. Contact your council member immediately. You too can make a difference.”
Los Angeles Walks thanks everyone who helped to raise awareness of the issues facing pedestrians at this dangerous intersection. If you would like to get involved with a similar “Where’s My Crosswalk?” campaign in your neighborhood, let us know at hello[at]losangeleswalks[dot]org