Councilman Gil Cedillo has proposed installing new signage as well as emergency call boxes along the L.A. River path to improve public safety.
Cedillo introduced the motion this week after the Alliance of River Communities, a coalition of neighborhood councils, called upon the city to improve signage so that police and paramedics are better able to respond to calls for help along the path, which has grown in popularity among cyclists, walkers and joggers. While there are mile markers painted along the path, many are fading away. The lack of location signs or markers makes it difficult for residents to report a problem and for police and paramedics to find those who requested assistance, according to police and some neighborhood council members.
“As we move forward with revitalizing the river, we have to make sure we have the necessary public safety measures in place to ensure the well-being of those who visit our green open space along the river path,” said Cedillo in a statement.
In addition to signage or markers, the Cedillo motion also recommends that the Recreation and Parks Department, with the assistance of other agencies, also look into identifying possible sites for emergency call boxes. The motion says:
The city should also explore mapping specific locations along the river for emergency call boxes. Call boxes can be a useful tool along the river path, where many joggers may not have their phone or lose reception while jogging.
Cedillo also requested that the Bureau of Engineering identify locations where emergency call boxes are appropriate. The full City Council must review and approve the motion.