Part of LADOT's pedestrian safety program involves increasing the visibility of pedestrians to motorists at street crossings where a stop sign or traffic signal is not present.
Crosswalks are often enhanced in the following ways:
- Installing visual warnings for drivers, which include ladder crosswalk markings, warning signs, warning pavement messages and extended red curb zones.
- Assigning school crossing guards at locations near elementary schools in order to provide the adult guidance needed to cross streets.
- Deploying “pedestrian warning devices” at the most critical locations. This LADOT innovation warns motorists of pedestrians by flashing overhead beacons after they push the crosswalk button.
And remember: crosswalks are present, even in the absence of painted lines, at intersections. Pedestrians may legally cross at these unmarked sites, unless signs prohibit the crossing.