Walking in LA

Since being sworn into office, Councilmember O’Farrell has focused on improving pedestrian safety, and making Los Angeles a more walkable City.

During his first three and a half  years in office, O’Farrell completed three projects with enhanced sidewalk and street safety measures; Sunset Streetscape in Echo Park, Sunset Junction Streetscape in Silver Lake, and the Micheltorena Safe Routes to School Streetscape also in Silver Lake. Currently, crews are wrapping up a streetscape project along Fletcher Drive in Glassell Park, and a streetscape on Hollywood Boulevard between Western Avenue and Gower Street will start in mid-2017.  

Here are some additional highlights:

-Councilmember O’Farrell’s efforts to increase pedestrian safety led to the installation of a ‘scramble’ crossing system at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue that allows for everyone to cross from each corner, in all directions, including diagonally, at the same time.

-The Councilmember worked with City Departments to replace the concrete sidewalks surrounding the entire outer perimeter of Echo Park Lake, as well as installed a signalized crosswalk at Laguna Avenue for nearby residents to have safer access to enjoy the park.

-O’Farrell funded and built a new sidewalk (where one never existed), as well as installed curb ramps, on Marathon Street in Silver Lake, connecting the neighborhood with Bellevue Recreation Center for improved access.

-Worked with the local community on new traffic calming measures near Le Conte Middle School, including two flashing signals for a pedestrian crossing at Bronson and Fountain Avenues, as well as stop signs at Bronson and Fernwood Avenues.

-Initiated a pilot program in partnership with the Youth Policy Institute that incorporates parent volunteers to work at school crossings as a part of the city’s new Safe Passage Volunteer Program.

-Led the community to approve a seismic retrofit project for Glendale-Hyperion Bridge that will provide greater pedestrian and bike connectivity between the Atwater Village and Silver Lake communities. Part of the project will utilize the existing trestles that were once used by the Red Car Trolley to cross the LA River.

These are just a few of the projects and initiatives that Councilmember O’Farrell has worked on during his first term in office.  You can learn about others by reaching out to our District Director Marisol Rodriguez at marisol.rodriguez@lacity.org.