Eyes on the Street: New Scramble Diagonal Crosswalk at Hollywood and Vine

Hollywood and Vine's new diagonal crosswalks - photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Hollywood and Vine's new diagonal crosswalks - photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

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The scramble crosswalk at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue has become a poster child for the city of L.A.’s somewhat underwhelming Vision Zero efforts. It is a very successful intervention in a heavily-walked area: according to the city of L.A.’s 2017 Vision Zero Action Plan, at Hollywood/Highland “since the installation of the scramble in November, 2015, there have been zero deaths and serious injuries because of a collision.” The plan’s Hollywood/Highland page pledges that “Several early street-improvement projects have shown promising results… These successes will be the norm.”

Unfortunately, hearing one high-profile success story over and over ends up underscoring the lack of breadth of city interventions to keep all Angelenos safe from traffic violence.

Sorry to put a down spin on an article that should be a celebration.

Last week, the Hollywood/Highland scramble was joined by a new diagonal crossing nine blocks east at the intersection of Hollywood and Vine Street. The city also added a triple scramble last year along MacArthur Park.

Safe pedestrian crossing at Hollywood and Vine
Safe pedestrian crossing at Hollywood and Vine
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New scramble crosswalks at Hollywood and Vine

The Hollywood/Vine scramble is very similar to Hollywood/Highland. They are both awesome. They both serve adjacent Red Line subway stations. They see large numbers of tourists visiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Kudos to the Department of Transportation and L.A. City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell for making this happen. More please!

  • Do they still ban pedestrians from crossing concurrently with traffic moving in the same direction?

  • Tim Frémaux

    Yes.

  • Melanie Curry

    When you see these intersections….doesn’t it strike you that they should have had these scrambles years ago?

  • Garbage

  • Bob 1401

    YES – Los Angeles Downtown had this at every intersection. It create on massive traffic jam. This is nothing NEW, if people check history and why it failed this would never have happened.

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