“One of the first projects I worked on was to get a signalized crosswalk at that intersection,” says Erika Gallo. “We collected hundreds of signatures and our success were the crosswalk signs. We knew we needed more but were never able to be promised more than the signs.” Now it seems as though that crosswalk may be removed entirely.
I’m on a few community e-mail lists for Northeast LA & noted this post. I think it’s important to know about. What I’m not clear on is the reason for removing this crosswalk. I have called the DOT only to land on hold forever. Perhaps someone will have better luck than I. Google maps with street view has an excellent image of this intersection and the crosswalk itself.
Here’s the post from local businesswoman Erika Gallo:
Good morning friends and neighbors,
Most of you know me or recognize my name. I want to give you a bit of background on this intersection. As you know, my family has owned Sloan’s Dry Cleaners at that intersection for over 30 years. Over these years we’ve seen countless people cross that street and nearly be hit by cars that won’t stop. In my time spent working at our business I’ve seen four people hit by oncoming traffic. I particularly remember one young man who I saw thrown up in the air and land flat on the floor…
Once accident I did not witness will stay with me for the rest of my life. One of my best friends was actually hit but a drunk driver and dragged half way down the block. She remained in a coma for weeks. Thank God she finally awoke and went through years of therapy to learn to walk again. One of the first projects I worked on was to get a signalized crosswalk at that intersection. We collected hundreds of signatures and our success were the crosswalk signs. We knew we needed more but were never able to be promised more than the signs.
We all know North Broadway is a high pedestrian street. My family knows it more than most since we see the mothers with strollers crossing that intersection, children walking home from school and so on. We cannot lose this crosswalk. Let’s all work together to save the crosswalk and call our local representative and city offices. There is a sign up at the intersection asking for feedback from the community. I’m sharing this information that’s on the sign in the hopes we save and possibly upgrade the intersection:
City of Los Angeles
Department of Transportation
100 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Here’s a real easy step we can all take that would only take but a minute. I put this together in a few seconds but please feel free to change it as you see fit. You can cut and paste it onto your own blank email and send it to:
To whom it may concern:
I am writing to express my opposition to the elimination of the crosswalk at the intersection of Sichel Street and North Broadway in Lincoln Heights. Not only is this crosswalk vital at this intersection where there is a high volume of pedestrian traffic along the North Broadway business corridor, but the crosswalk needs to be upgraded. We need this crosswalk for our pedestrians who shop, walk to work, walk to school and walk home in Lincoln Heights. I OPPOSE the elimination of this crosswalk.
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