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.

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