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Stop Signs, More Stop Signs

More Stop Signs - Poor Decision?

Well, the new stop signs are in (still covered), on Sawtelle Blvd, north and south bound at Hayter Ave. You knew this (and more...) was coming if you've been following things. We know this is in direct response to the wheelchair "pedestrian" that was struck and killed just north of this location recently, and while that was a tragedy, it should be noted that this person was crossing Sawtelle where it is marked on both the east and west sides with sings "Do Not Cross".

I say "this and more", because the long range plan is to install a traffic signal at Hayter Ave. Now, I don't disagree with a safer way to cross Sawtelle Blvd, but I feel this is the wrong way to go about it, though I do fully expect it to generate revenue for the city via CCPD, and in particular by their motor officers (who often "patrol" this area with speed traps). Oh, and speaking of which, the two electronic "Your Speed Is" signs along this stretch... the ones that rarely are working... Maybe they'd be more of a deterrent IF they worked.

Anyway, as I was saying, its not that I don't feel there could be a safer way to cross Sawtelle, especially considering the elementary school that is only one block west, but I think there is a better / safer way to accomplish this AND still keep traffic moving. I wish the powers that be would consider a pedestrian crossing light (remember, they are already planning to install the infrastructure to support a traffic signal) much like we have on Culver Blvd, just west of Elenda St. This light blinks yellow all the time, helping to remind drivers that there may be others using the sidewalks and roads, AND will switch to a blinking RED light when the crossing button is pushed.

Installing this sort of pedestrian assistance not only allows the pedestrian to directly influence their ability to cross, but keeps traffic moving without impediment at all other times.

Oh well, I'm sure this sort to logical thinking will be overlooked in favor of yet another stop sign / stop light, greater noise and pollution for the residents in the immediate area, and more traffic violations (more $) for the city.

Maybe we just make it really safe, and profitable, for everyone... we'll just put a stop sign or light at EVERY intersection in the city?

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CulverCityNative March 28, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Stay tuned... the city is going to put Red LED blinkers on each stop sign. That'll be cute around the Holidays!
Roy Amor May 25, 2013 at 06:23 PM
I'm glad people have posted about the absurd new 25 mph speed limit on Sawtelle. For a long time I just noticed the new stop sign. Then I saw people getting pulled over by the cops. I finally realized the speed limit had been lowered. Going 25 mph on such a clear open road is ridiculous. They should at the very least raise it to 30 mph but I don't see that happening. Am I the only one that has noticed that once a freedom is taken away or reduced it is seldom restored?
CulverCityNative June 06, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Well, I won't go as far as "freedoms" being taken away, but it is ridiculous, the speed limit. Here is a fun one... during morning or afternoon hours, when the street is extra busy, try pulling out onto Sawtelle from Orville street. These days I just "pull out", to hell with the rest of you... its the ONLY WAY I can get out of my street. Being one very short block north of the new stop, the cars are spaced such that there is no time / space to enter the flow of traffic. During these times, the traffic is backed up (south bound traffic) nearly to the bridge, and north bound there is an endless "queue" of cars at the stop. Anyway, don't run into me when I pull out in front of you... I'll be pissed off, and trust me, you don't want that... trust me.
CulverCityNative July 02, 2013 at 08:48 PM
HEY, GUESS WHAT???? The speed limit has CHANGED on Sawtelle, BACK to what it was - 35MPH. When the new stop sign went in, the speed was reduced, citations where issued, and the way too slow speed of 25MPH was placed on this stretch. But as of the past few days, the speed of 35 has returned. Now if only the stop signs would become a yellow caution light, OR if the city would install the RED LED lights on the stop signs.
CulverCityNative October 10, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Holy cow Batman... I see today (October 10, 2013) that there are flashing red lights in both N. and S. directions of Sawtelle!

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