Ocean Park Boulevard is one of the most vibrant streets in Santa Monica: it’s home to 4 public schools, 2 libraries, 3 commercial districts, and the always-bustling Clover Park. Safety is essential along this street, and over the last few years, Ocean Park Boulevard has undergone important upgrades to help us realize our goal of eliminating fatal and severe injury crashes. For example, in 2008, the City introduced bike lanes, left turn pockets and on-street parking between Lincoln and Cloverfield Boulevards, which brought severe injury collisions on this stretch down by 71%.
More recently, green paint was added to the bike lanes along the entire corridor and a gap in the bike lane was closed between Lincoln Boulevard and 10th Street. And with a lot of people walking in the neighborhood, it’s important that crosswalks are highly visible. At the intersection with 29th and 30th streets, crossings have been improved with flashing beacons, alerting motorists to people crossing. At the intersections of 17th, 20th, 25th, and 28th streets, crosswalk signals give a head-start for people walking before cars venture into an intersection. This strategy is called Leading Pedestrian Intervals, or LPIs, and is a low-cost but highly effective way to save lives.
All these improvements take into consideration all the ways that people in the community use Ocean Park Boulevard and have successfully proven that strategic infrastructure updates can make the neighborhood safer and friendlier for everyone.
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