PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu and LADOT Unveil New Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon on Sixth Street

Los Angeles -- Standing on 6th Street between Fairfax and Curson Avenues, Councilmember David Ryu, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) General Manager Seleta Reynolds, the Office of LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and community leaders from the Mid-City West Community Council unveiled the first High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk in the City of Los Angeles. The new crosswalk and signal, also called a HAWK beacon, has been shown to dramatically reduce the rate of accidents.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

September 25, 2019

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

Contact for LADOT:

Nora Frost

DOT_public_info@lacity.com

213.972.8406

Councilmember Ryu and LADOT Unveil New Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon on Sixth Street

The HAWK beacon is the first of its kind in the city

Los Angeles -- Standing on 6th Street between Fairfax and Curson Avenues, Councilmember David Ryu, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) General Manager Seleta Reynolds, the Office of LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and community leaders from the Mid-City West Community Council unveiled the first High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk in the City of Los Angeles. The new crosswalk and signal, also called a HAWK beacon, has been shown to dramatically reduce the rate of accidents.

“There have been far too many accidents on this stretch of Sixth Street, which connects residential areas like Park La Brea to LA icons like LACMA and the La Brea Tar Pits,” Councilmember Ryu said. “That is why we have been implementing many data-driven solutions that reduce the rate of accidents and save lives up and down Sixth Street. I’m thrilled to welcome this HAWK Beacon as the latest installment to make Sixth Street safe for all.”

The HAWK Beacon was funded by Councilmember David Ryu and LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, whose Third District includes this area of Sixth Street.

“My office was happy to support this important mid-Wilshire safety project,” said Supervisor Kuehl. “I’m hopeful that pedestrians will be able to cross more safely as a result of this new signal.” 

A HAWK Beacon, also called a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon, utilizes a three-light yellow and red signal that forces vehicles to come to a complete stop before giving pedestrians a countdown timer, making it useful for streets with higher speeds and longer crossing distances. According to the Federal Highway Administration, streets with pedestrian hybrid beacons can reduce pedestrian crashes by 69% and total crashes by 29%.

"LADOT makes our streets accessible and safe as our top priority, and we are always looking for new and innovative ways to deliver," said General Manager Seleta Reynolds. "This first of its kind signal in LA will reduce crashes by 30% for everyone."     

Over the past year, Councilmember Ryu has installed 7 new crosswalks, 2 new left turn pockets, and more improvements to Sixth Street between La Brea and Fairfax Avenues to reduce the rate of traffic accidents.

To learn more about HAWK Beacons, click here.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.

LADOT leads transportation planning, project delivery, and operations in the City of Los Angeles. We work together and collaborate to deliver a safe, livable, and well-run transportation system in the city and region. Our vision is for all people in Los Angeles to have access to safe and affordable transportation choices that treat everyone with dignity and support vibrant, inclusive communities.  

 


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