Skip to Content
Streetsblog Los Angeles home
Log In
Department of D.I.Y.

Eyes on the Street: Crosswalk Collective Makes Safer Routes to School

12:40 PM PDT on May 9, 2023

New DIY crosswalk at… wouldn’t you like to know? Photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog

L.A.'s do-it-yourself Crosswalk Collective has struck again! Unfortunately, Streetsblog can't tell readers where the latest improvements are located, because that would make it easier for city Transportation Department staffers to swoop in and scrape things back to their car-centric baseline.

The project features two new crosswalks, both in yellow paint as is L.A.'s standard near schools (that does narrow down the location to about 800 LAUSD sites, plus some charters, private schools, etc.).

This is the first use of the collective's new feature: a "STOP" stencil.

According to a top-secret communication from the collective, the new crosswalks were requested by locals because the intersection is "right across from a busy school where families and children often cross." The requester noted that:

...without a crosswalk on [undisclosed location], the stop signs are used as yield signs with drivers doing rolling stops instead of a complete stop at the intersection. Even though it's a quiet street, there's a lot of risk just in crossing, and I never feel safe (and hate seeing moms having to run with/hurry their children even when they have the right of way). It's been recently repaved so in good condition for painting but would require yellow paint.

Recent Crosswalk Collective DIY improvements

Find more about the Crosswalk Collective at their website (where you can request a crosswalk), and follow their Instagram or Twitter feeds.

Crosswalk Collective's latest crosswalk, including new STOP stencil
Crosswalk Collective's latest crosswalk, including a new STOP stencil, makes a street safer for students to walk to school

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog Los Angeles

Guest Opinion: Ten Years In, CA Active Transportation Program Lays Bare a Tale of Two Agencies

L.A. County needs to embrace physically-protected bikeways, robust traffic calming around schools, and similarly transformative, safety-focused projects

September 29, 2023

Eyes on the Station: Metro Fortified Turnstiles at MacArthur Park Station

Metro fortified turnstile entrances at MacArthur Park in order to curb fare-evading riders; sometimes this has adverse impacts on fare-paying riders

September 27, 2023
See all posts