"Continental" crosswalks, aka zebra crosswalks that have extra-prominent markings, have been springing up across the city at major pedestrian-heavy intersections, from Hollywood to MacArthur Park to the Old Bank District. The city installed 50 of these crosswalks, featuring two-foot wide stripes, as part of a pilot program begun last year. Now officials are rolling out many, many more with the hopes of adding 19,770 continentals across the city, CBS2 reports. Studies find the more-prominent markings reduce pedestrian accidents by 25 percent compared to regular crosswalks. They cost $10,000 a pop and are being paid for through Measure R, the 2008 voter-approved transportation tax that's covering everything from new bikeways to the Purple Line subway extension.
· Los Angeles To Upgrade To Continental Crosswalks For Pedestrian Safety [CBS2]
· LA Gets Serious About Walkers With 53 Continental Crosswalks [Curbed LA]