Important Lincoln Heights Crosswalk Threatened

2808-n-broadway.JPGOne 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:

Call
(213) 972-4990

Write
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:

[email protected]

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.

Thank you,
INSERT NAME HERE

3 Replies to “Important Lincoln Heights Crosswalk Threatened”

  1. I don’t see any reference to anything indicating the crosswalk is being removed… what’s the source on that?

  2. The source is right on the crosswalk itself, I passed the other pay to visit Jack’s Pet Shop and noticed it’s slated for removal, with a number and stuff for public comment.

    I can attest that N. Broadway at that intersection is high volume traffic, and the crosswalk in question doesn’t have a “walk” indicator that can be activated by button. It appears that some would rather not pay to upgrade the safety of the crosswalk and perceive it to be easier to remove it altogether.

  3. Yeah, that crosswalk has lots of traffic and it’s needed since the other street intersection are too far away. It’s already hard enough to cross there as the rush hour traffic just tries to swerve around you (man, nothing gets me angrier than that) and doesn’t want to stop. Getting rid of the crosswalk is foolish.

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