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A Simple Change Transformed One of LA’s Busiest Intersections Into One of its Safest

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In November, LA s Department of Transportation LADOT redesigned the intersection with a new scramble crosswalk also known as a Barnes Dance .

Using a data-driven approach to fix dangerous intersections is part of LADOT s Vision Zero initiative, part of a global trend to reduce traffic fatalities to zero.

Better striping and pushing the curb out can help make walkers more visible.

The idea that such a simple change could have such unequivocal impact makes it seem like an obvious solution for busy streets, but the concept is only now seeing a revival in the US.

But it s not an easy sell in the US due to the perception that it exacerbates congestion—it was actually far more prevalent a half-century ago, before cities began prioritizing cars over people.

A scramble for Hollywood was first proposed in 1998.

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