By Bill Hendrickson
Just in time for the reopening of schools, rapid rectangular flashing beacons were installed this week at three pedestrian crossings in Northeast Los Angeles: In Highland Park at Avenue 60 and N. Figueroa Street and in Glassell Park at Avenue 35 and Eagle Rock Boulevard and Avenue 41 and Eagle Rock Boulevard.
A fourth flashing beacon was installed at Venice Boulevard and Bonnie Brae Street in the nearby Pico-Union neighborhood.
All of the locations are within Councilmember Gil Cedillo’s Council District 1. Cedillo, who partnered with the city’s Bureau of Engineering and Department of Transportation to provide the beacons, marked the occasion saying that “the safety of our children and their families is paramount as they travel to and from school, work and other purposes.”
The installation of the flashing beacons has been a crusade of safety advocates in CD 1. Linda Cabon, a Highland Park resident and former board member on the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, recalled ‘babysitting’ the initiative and seeing it through the process: “A big thanks to CD 1 for making the final push to make this project a reality,” she said.