The first steps are being taken to make Avenue 26 more pedestrian friendly

Pedestrians on Avenue 26


LINCOLN HEIGHTS — Los Angeles, as many walkers will tell you, is not the most pedestrian-friendly city. The streets near Cypress Park-Lincoln Heights Gold Line station is a typical representation of the problems pedestrians face: narrow sidewalks, speeding cars, freeway on/off ramps and poor lighting. Some improvements, however, are in the works.

LA-Mas, a non-profit urban design organization, has been hired to improve the pedestrian experience in low-cost, high-impact ways. They have worked on such projects as creating Hollywood Pop, a park on the corner of Selma and Ivar in Hollywood, with cartoon-like trees and structures.

The organization’s current project, Go Ave 26, is aimed at making the area around the Gold Line station a better place for pedestrians.

The improvements will feature “physical design interventions,” which includes plans add paint on the sidewalk, color on the freeway underpass, and wayfinding signage.

“Potential solutions are primarily focused on enhancing the pedestrian and transit user experience,” said says Helen Leung, Co-Executive Director of LA-Mas. “This is a one-year grant and our goal is to unveil all the improvements by the end of August. We are currently finalizing designs for government approval, “
TransitCenter, a national foundation focused on urban mobility, funds the project. LA-Mas was the only non-profit in Los Angeles to receive a grant from them last year. They received $147,580, which is the total cost of Go Ave 26.

Local are encouraged to give feedback and give suggestions. There is an online survey, in both English and Spanish. It will be available until July 31.

There are few marked crosswalks near the station

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  1. I have walked a half dozen times between the bus stops on Figueroa and the Gold LIne station. It is ugly, dark, dirty and dangerous. No matter what route you take you have to cross a least one entrance to the 110. I always feel like the cars can barely see me and have little to inclination to stop. I hope they will make it easier to cross these intersections.

  2. Do take the survey (link above).

    The area around that station could use all the help it can get: more lighting, better-designed crosswalks, more trees and shade, fresh paint and clean-up. A lot of people walk in that area, but the conditions are awful.

  3. It’s filthy and extreme amount of graffiti everywhere.

  4. Carlos Guaderrama

    I grew up walking that same route my walk was from Cypress Park to the boys club and not much has changed it is dirty and cars travel at high speeds, also the auto wrecking yard always has cars blocking the sidewalk. If getting people off cars is also a goal notice bus stops in the area need shade and benches to sit on while waiting for the bus. Homelessness is also a problem.

  5. Great news. I walk this way to to the train many times and it is awful. uper excited LA Mas is involved. They know how to do things!

  6. A good power washing of the 4 corners at Fig/Ave26 would be great! Maybe emptying the trash cans on a daily basis would help. It’s filthy, disgusting, a health hazard.

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