Ask Chris: Making Traffic Come to a Halt in Silver Lake

Look both ways before you cross the street

Q:I saw a petition for a crosswalk in Silver Lake. What are the odds of getting one?

A: The process starts with filing a request on the LADOT Web site. The odds of winning approval are better if the street is flat and narrow with slow-moving traffic. Getting the green light for a busier boulevard is more difficult but not impossible. Fourteen out of 80 requests submitted to the city last year were approved. Until then? Look both ways.