There’s at least one place in L.A. where walkers don’t rule the crosswalks. Up in Burbank, you’ll find some interesting versions of street crossings, with one button for pedestrians and another situated a bit higher up for another audience—people on horseback. Welcome to the Rancho Equestrian District, a specially zoned part of the city where homeowners are allowed to house their equine companions on their own properties. And since those horses are living the residential life, they need a safe way to get through the neighborhood and to the network of trails that laces around Griffith Park and the Los Angeles River; hence the special lanes, crosswalks, and signals just for horses. During a recent stroll through the Rancho, I was thrilled to share the streets with some four-legged friends and their friendly owners. Just be sure to look down as you walk there—they tend to leave presents underfoot.
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.