A Walker in L.A.: Cross Purposes

New crosswalks are a sign the city is being friendlier to pedestrians

You already know you’re supposed to look both ways when you’re crossing the street, but now there’s a reason to look underfoot as well. Our crosswalks are being repaired, block by block, across the city, with straight new lines and a fresh coat of paint. The new style of crossings are called continental crosswalks or, if you prefer, zebra crosswalks, due to their unmistakable stripes. The bolder paint creates a contrast that makes pedestrians more visible, while the clearly defined “box” helps drivers understand where exactly to stop. It’s a little detail to be sure, but once you notice them, you’ll see reminders all over the city of how L.A. is becoming friendlier to (and safer for) us walkers.

Alissa Walker is a writer, a gelato eater, and a walker in L.A. She shares an experience from her adventures around town at CityThink each Wednesday. Follow her daily on Instagram at @awalkerinLA, on Twitter, or at her blog, and use the hashtag #betteroffped to share your own photographs of walking in L.A.