Volunteer with LADOT to evaluate the city’s new crosswalks

Continental crosswalks press conference

Remember those new continental crosswalks that are being installed all over Los Angeles? LADOT is looking for volunteers who can help evaluate the improved crosswalks and pass along feedback on how to prevent pedestrian-vehicle collisions. The LADOT’s announcement is below, you can check out all the details and register here. It sounds like a great way to serve your city and meet some fellow walkers. Hope to see you on the streets!

New and improved crosswalks are being installed all over the city! Volunteers needed!

The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has developed a new design standard for a higher-visibility crosswalk. The “Continental Crosswalk” more effectively defines pedestrian space in the roadway, advising motorists that pedestrians may be present. LADOT seeks volunteers to conduct fieldwork before and after the new designs are installed in order to evaluate the effect of Continental crosswalks in reducing vehicle-pedestrian collisions.

Volunteers will work in teams to collect data on driver compliance with limit lines and crosswalk striping as well as yielding and collision avoidance at some of the city’s busiest intersections with the highest incidence of pedestrian collisions.

Please use the link below to sign up for one or more of the pre-installation fieldwork shifts and an orientation/training session:

Fieldwork:

· Thursday, January 31: 7 AM – 10 AM | 11 AM – 2 PM | 4 PM – 7 PM

· Friday, February 1: 7 AM – 10 AM | 11 AM – 2 PM | 4 PM – 7 PM

Orientation/Training:

· Wednesday, January 30: 9 AM – 10 AM | 12 PM – 1 PM | 4 PM – 5 PM

Sign up here!

If you have questions or would like more information, please email us at LADOT.crosswalk.study AT gmail DOT com

Continental crosswalks make their debut in downtown

Continental crosswalks press conference

Just in time for the holidays, the intersection of 5th and Spring in Downtown LA received a pretty special gift: Shiny new continental crosswalks that are wider, clearer and safer for pedestrians. And this isn’t a one-off: 53 crosswalks across the city—prioritized due to their high rates of pedestrian collisions—will get the same makeover in 2013. This is a huge victory for LA walkers, who will finally get the same safe street crossings which are already found in many cities around the world.

Continental crosswalks press conference

Mayor Villaraigosa announced the new crosswalks at a press conference yesterday along with LADOT representatives and the city’s two new pedestrian coordinators, Margot Ocañas and Valerie Watson. And we were thrilled that Los Angeles Walks founder and chair of the LADOT Pedestrian Advisory Committee Deborah Murphy was asked to speak after the Mayor, citing the importance of these crosswalks in showing Angelenos that “we are all pedestrians.”

Continental crosswalks press conference

The new crosswalks feature two-foot-wide “zebra stripes” that make the pedestrian crossing area more visible, as well as a “stop line” five feet from the crosswalk that discourage cars from entering the zone. You can download a PDF that explains more about the thinking behind the crosswalks, and contains a list of the intersections that will see the new crosswalk design. We’re happy to say that the press conference was attended by many members of the media, and stories were reported on local news stations like ABC and blogs like Blogdowntown.

Continental crosswalks press conference

Afterwards, everyone had a little fun with the new crosswalks. The LADOT pedestrian program team posed for an Abbey Road-inspired photo.

Continental crosswalks press conference

The Mayor, Deborah, other members of LADOT and the Mayor’s office took a walk across the new crosswalk (that’s photographer Gary Leonard capturing them on the left). They were joined by a few curious walkers as well.

Continental crosswalks press conference

But perhaps our favorite part was when Deborah presented the Mayor with a Los Angeles Walks poster! We’re so thrilled to be a part of this positive change for pedestrians in LA. Let us know if you spot the new crosswalks in your neighborhood, and keep us posted about how else we can make walking safer, more accessible and more fun for Angelenos.

Check out all of our photos from yesterday’s event!