L.A.’s New Diagonal Crosswalks Are Literally Saving Lives

The one in Hollywood is already a huge success

The scramble crosswalk—which stops all car traffic for a moment and allows pedestrians to cross in any direction—has been deemed a success by the city, and the numbers back it up.

A tweet from the city-operated initiative VisionZeroLA, and reported by Curbed, notes that there have been zero crashes at the Hollywood scramble since it was installed in November. Previously, the intersection of Hollywood and Highland averaged 13 crashes a year; the tourist-heavy district is inundated with pedestrians, as well as cars speeding north to the 101 freeway and the Hollywood Bowl.

VisionZero is working to end traffic deaths in the city and the scramble looks like a great step in that direction. A scramble installed near the entrance to the UCLA campus has certainly made that busy intersection feel safer, though hard numbers on crashes there haven’t been publicly released.

Mayor Garcetti wants similar crosswalks throughout the city, especially in downtown. The increasingly frenetic area around LA Live is screaming for one, while areas like Westwood and Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvd. and La Brea seem like no-brainers. Santa Monica and Beverly Hills (!) have already gotten on the scramble bandwagon.