Echo Park resident Jessica Meaney gets around town without a car. She’s also managing director of Investing in Place, a nonprofit that focuses on transportation planning and policy in Los Angeles County. We asked Meaney for suggestions on how to encourage more walking across Echo Park. Here are some of her ideas:
- 1) Improve the intersection at Echo Park Avenue and Sunset Boulevard because “it’s always scary crossing there.” Install an automatic pedestrian signal (instead of having to push a button) to trigger the walk sign. Also, give pedestrians a three- to seven-second head start (called a Leading Pedestrian Interval) over cars when the signal light turns green. One more thing: install a left-hand signal for drivers turning from Sunset to Echo Park.”Drivers always seem a bit stressed making that turn and frequently cut off people walking in the crosswalk.”
- 2) Paint continental crosswalks at the intersection of Sunset and Alvarado to improve safety, visibility and awareness of the pedestrian space.
- 3) Install curb cuts at Echo Park Avenue and Montana Street to help families with strollers, wheelchair users and people with granny carts.
- 4) Improve bus stops with clean places to sit. “I catch the 92 Metro bus at Glendale and Montana. That bus stop is miserable. No shade, frequent trash all over, feels crummy waiting there. Let’s show it some love and fix it up.”
- 5) Encourage the management at Dodger Stadium to build and repair sidewalks to access the ballpark. “There’s been some good improvements…but lots more could be done.”
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