Crosswalk for safe access to LA State Historic Park
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In 2017, the City of Los Angeles opened the Los Angeles State Historic Park, a beautiful public space that provides residents and visitors with a place to be physically active, take a relaxing stroll, enjoy the outdoors, and connect with one another.
However, local access to the park is limited due to a lack of marked crosswalks along North Spring Street. Accessing this new neighborhood amenity is dangerous and stressful, deterring people from enjoying the benefits of this terrific investment and community resource.
The mission of Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement (Forward Movement) is to promote an environment that fosters good health and active living. Safe access to public space is directly in line with our work. Forward Movement hosts free healthy cooking workshops and a weekly running club at LA State Historic Park for the residents in and around Chinatown. Each week we see firsthand how unsafe it is to cross Spring Street. We witness too many close calls, and are taking action to increase safety before it’s too late.
A marked crosswalk with flashing lights that alert drivers to people crossing would significantly increase the safety of the intersection at North Spring Street and West Ann Street. Studies have shown that flashing beacons increase the rate of drivers yielding to pedestrians by 50 – 80%.
We the undersigned call on Councilmember Gil Cedillo and the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation to install a rectangular rapid flashing beacon and continental crosswalk on North Spring Street and West Ann Street. Residents and visitors need a safe way to access the Los Angeles State Historic Park, a neighborhood asset that provides open space, recreation, and fosters community connections.
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