Eyes on the Street: Faulty Pedestrian Detour at Expo Phase 2 Construction

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Signs offering mixed messages at this pedestrian detour on Venice Boulevard at Culver Boulevard. Image via @topomodesto Twitter

Yesterday, Michael MacDonald @topomodesto tweeted two images that highlight L.A.’s lack of accomodation for pedestrians.

The photos were taken on eastbound Venice Boulevard at Culver Boulevard, one block west of the Metro Expo Line Culver City Station. Expo Phase 2 construction has blocked pedestrians from walking on Venice Boulevard’s south sidewalk. This sidewalk is where people would walk between downtown Culver City and the current Expo Line terminus. Instead, detour “cross here” signs direct pedestrians to scramble across Venice Stroad Blvd. Unfortunately, though, crossing Venice at this intersection is illegal. There’s a No Ped Crossing sign visible in MacDonald’s photo above.

It looks like the message to L.A.’s pedestrians is “just go away.”

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Same location on Venice Boulevard, view looking east. The under-construction Exposition Rail bridge is visible in the distance. Photo via @topomodesto Twitter

SBLA is excited for Expo 2 to open! It is disappointing, though, to see that, even when Los Angeles is constructing livability enhancements, the city cuts off pedestrian (and, often, bicycle) access. Two steps forward, one step back.

Perhaps Councilmember Huizar’s motion for better walking accommodations during construction will help. What I’d like to see: the political will to, at least now and then, make it less convenient to drive, and more convenient to walk, bike, and ride transit. Copenhagen did this during their Metro construction, and bicycling increased while driving declined.

  • Scott

    As a daily expo commuter, this has been horrendous. The bus drivers have no clue what is going on, and their confusion is understandable.

    For two weeks, the Venice/Robertson bus stops in both directions had detour signs that directed 33/733 travelers to Venice/Culver or Venice/National. The schlep from the expo platform to Venice and Culver blvd is a pretty high expectation, especially considering that many of my fellow passengers are middle-aged or older. Accordingly, the detour was mostly ignored by riders and drivers. The few people like me who were foolish enough to follow the posted signs were ignored by 733 drivers.

    Now though, the detour sign has been replaced by a signing labeling Venice/Robertson a “temporary stop” for 534/33/733 service and the bus stop sign on the pole has been removed. I asked a driver this morning what this is all about and he had no idea.

  • Joe Linton

    The thing I didn’t mention is why they’re doing this: to WIDEN the street!! groan.

  • Jim Sarratori

    All of the corners and crosswalks around there are messed up right now. Venice/National: Crosswalk removed due to concrete barriers. Now that barriers are removed, they re-striped road without crosswalk. Even when crosswalk existed this is what is looked like- http://instagram.com/p/Yfew2FIuMM/
    Venice/Robertson: No way to cross over to Southwest Corner, period.
    It would be nice to see some sort of area plan and schedule.

  • biker

    any word on whether they will put a buffer for bike lane? this is potentially one of the best streets for biking in the city, but has a high accident rate (i.e. villaraigosa) and is like biking on a freeway.

  • Peter

    The top photo is misleading, there is a pedestrian crosswalk across Venice on the West side of the intersection that’s cropped out of the photo. The sign was just placed on the wrong side of Culver Boulevard.

  • Paul B.

    You do realize that Venice Bl is a State Highway (Caltrans)?

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