Eyes on the Street: Scramble Crossing at 7th and Avarado

The southern scramble at 7th and Alvarado
The southern scramble at 7th and Alvarado

(Updated 12/1: Turns out there are three scrambles in three blocks on Alvarado: at 7th Street, Wilshire Boulevard, and 6th Street – and an opening celebration is tentatively planned for December 6)

The city of L.A. Transportation Department (LADOT) has a new diagonal “scramble” crosswalk at the intersection of Alvarado and Seventh Streets, at the southeast corner of MacArthur Park. This corner is among the most pedestrian-traveled intersections in Southern California. It is in the heart of the population-dense Westlake neighborhood, and a half-block from Metro’s MacArthur Park Red/Purple Lines subway station.

The block of Alvarado from 6th Street to 7th Street is one of the 40 priority corridors identified in the city’s Vision Zero Action Plan.

Similar to LADOT’s scramble at Hollywood/Highland, the intersection now has three phases: north-south vehicles, east-west vehicles, and pedestrian-only scramble. The pedestrian-only phase lasts about 35 seconds.

New diagonal pedestrian crossing at the intersection Alvarado Street and 7th Street
New diagonal pedestrian crossing at the intersection Alvarado Street and 7th Street


  • Melanie Curry

    This is awesome. A scramble like this is a big, honking signal to drivers that pedestrians have as much right to the public right of way as anyone. Let’s see lots more of these!

  • chairs missing

    Very cool!

  • James

    there is still no bike rack in front of Langer’s.

  • Mehmet Berker

    So I imagine the cross in the middle looks more like a crucifix than an x since that NW corner has had a lane carved out of it on both Alvarado and 7th—-drone pic time ;)

    Dope though, and if memory serves me right 6th/Alvarado was also in the hopper at some point?

  • Joe Linton

    I haven’t seen the others on the ground – but LADOT says there are three scrambles there already done: Alvarado and: 6th, Wilshire, 7th.


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