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Street Safety Makeover By Park La Brea Could Add Turn Lanes

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The powers that be are pushing for a makeover of an intersection at one of the many infamously auto-oriented blocks surrounding Park La Brea: Streetsblog reports that City Councilmember Tom LaBonge earlier this week introduced a motion that would require the LA Department of Transportation to look for ways to improve safety at Sixth Street and Hauser Boulevard--the site of a recent, particularly horrendous accident involving fast-moving cars and an innocently bystanding pedestrian. LaBonge tells Streetsblog that neighborhood groups are willing to examine some very progressive street reconfiguration ideas for the intersection: "This is our opportunity to find new solutions to decrease speed here, add left-turn lanes, and possibly install bike lanes ... The Mid-City West Neighborhood Council also has expressed interest in this 'road diet,' and it also has support from the Park La Brea Residents Association." If passed, a road diet in the neighborhood surrounding Park La Brea (home to such cultural institutions as LACMA, the La Brea Tar Pits, the Farmers Market, and, um, the Grove) would be a major symbolic (and literal) victory for complete streets advocates. As with all motions in the City Council, there is no way to forecast how long it will take to get through to approval, especially given a shortage of staff at the LADOT.
· LaBonge Wants Safety Study of Deadly Intersection Near Park LaBrea [Streetsblog]
· Pedestrian killed at 6th and Hauser [Beverly Press]