Is July soon enough?

hyperion_dangersign.jpgThough it may have been up for a while, I just spotted this sandwich board this morning: Unable to wait until the promised traffic signal is installed there in July, Silver Lake merchants posted the sign at the Trader Joe’s/Gelson’s crosswalk where a man was killed while crossing Hyperion Boulevard in January.

The place is a blueprint for more such disasters:

Hyperion is classed as a highway and while drivers treat it like that – screaming down it at 50mph-plus except in the thickest rush-hour traffic – pedestrians often blithely traipse across the zebra-striped patch of road as if they’re invincible.

Yes, drivers should SLOW THE F*@# DOWN, but acting like state law is all you need to protect you from becoming a hood ornament will eventually get you buried beneath a headstone that says “HE HAD THE RIGHT OF WAY.”

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6 Replies to “Is July soon enough?”

  1. My wife was almost hit there, and luckily the asshole who didn’t slow down got pulled over right then and there. People don’t seem to understand the folks in the crosswalks have the right of way. I’m always super-ultra cautious when I come up on a crosswalk.

  2. If it weren’t for Hard Times, I’d avoid that area altogether. It’s either a parking lot or a speedway making pedestrians have to remember their “frogger” skills. July may not be soon enough, but it’s about time they put up a light there.

  3. Putting a light there is going to create a traffic jam beyond compare. Can you imagine how backed up that area is going to become once people run the yellow and block all the lanes turning left into Trader Joes?

    They should put in an elevated walkway!

  4. Can you imagine how backed up that area is going to become once people run the yellow and block all the lanes turning left into Trader Joes?

    You mean just like they do now? :p

    They should put in an elevated walkway!

    Now that’s a great idea. I wonder if it’s too late to pitch?

  5. Building another TJs in a strategic location would help, so that all the hipsters in the world don’t cram in into that TJs in a giant trucker hat cluster fuck discussing Earlimart and how awesome their skinny girlfriends are.

  6. I totally agree that yes, drivers need to be watchful, but I see again and again in L.A. pedestrians who just simply don’t care at all and pay no attention.

    How many times have you seen someone just blindly walk out into the street without looking, wrapped in the comfort of “Oh I have the right of way, so why should I care?”

    One phrase from driver’s ed that stuck with me and has served me well is “Right of Way should never be taken, only accepted.”

    I’m sure the tombstones of all those so killed are engraved with “I had the right of way” and I’m sure it’s a great comfort to their families.

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