Downtown Santa Monica tests “Scramble Guards” over Holiday weekend

first_imgHomeNewsDowntown Santa Monica tests “Scramble Guards” over Holiday weekend May. 31, 2017 at 7:00 amNewsDowntown Santa Monica tests “Scramble Guards” over Holiday weekendGuest Author4 years agodowntown santa monicaDTSMdtsmscramblerawsonSanta MonicascrambleScrambleguard  Along with the hordes of tourists looking for some Southern California sun last Memorial Day weekend locals may have noticed some other newcomers to Downtown Santa Monica – crosswalk guards.The guards, sporting red board shorts, inflatable rescue rafts and a dab of zinc oxide on their noses, spread out among twelve intersections in the downtown area and helped pedestrians navigate the diagonal crosswalks. While they looked like actors in a viral marketing campaign, they were actually paid and organized by the business organization Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.“I think generally the idea of scramble crosswalks is newish to everyone,” CEO Kathleen Rawson said in an interview with the Daily Press. “Unfortunately we’ve had a lot of pedestrian/vehicle accidents already in 2017 and we thought we would help increase awareness of how these intersections should work.”The City repainted the roads and established the scramble crosswalks at 12 intersections in May of 2016 to coincide with the launch of the Expo Line downtown. The intersections allow pedestrians to cross in all directions – including diagonally – at the same time. Inversely, pedestrians are required to wait instead of crossing with the flow of traffic so cars can turn without the threat of running into someone on foot.The scrambles – also known as a Barnes Dance – have been making a comeback in Los Angeles and cities around the world as local governments aim to increase walkability and reduce crashes. For example, recently painted scramble at the busy corner of Hollywood and Highland has received praise from publications and blogs for curbing accidents at one of Los Angeles’s most perilous intersections.Rawson is still waiting on the official numbers from over the weekend, but says initial feedback regarding the crosswalk guards on social media has been positive. A search on Instagram for #dtsmscramble showed 174 posts, some with hundreds of “likes.” While social media is important, Rawson says the scramble guards had face to face contact with thousands of pedestrians walking to nearby restaurants and the beach.“It was meant to be education, attention grabbing and a fun way to get people to understand how to use the intersections,” Rawson said. Downtown Santa Monica, Inc contracted the guards for the weekend and deployed about fifteen of them on Saturday, Sunday and Monday during the holiday weekend. The organization coordinated with Santa Monica Police Department, who also deployed crossing guards at several busy intersections, such as Fourth Street and Colorado Avenue near the Expo stop.“It seemed to work really well. It’s a pilot,” Rawson said, adding she’s still waiting on the data before determining whether the red board shorts will make another appearance. She’s considering whether they might be useful during the Twilight Concert Series, when Santa Monica streets once again become packed with pedestrians and drivers looking for a parking [email protected] :downtown santa monicaDTSMdtsmscramblerawsonSanta Monicascrambleshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentMan attacks Public Service Officer in Palisades ParkMusic, Travel, Bubbly, CoffeeYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours agolast_img read more

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DanTysk Ready for Take Off

first_imgVattenfall and Stadtwerke München (SWM) will commission DanTysk offshore wind farm in the North Sea later this month.The construction started in February 2013 with the installation of the first foundation pile 70 kilometres west of the island of Sylt, and now the wind farm is connected to the German electricity transmission grid.The launching ceremony will be held on 30 April 2015 at 10.30 o’clock in “Altona Kaispeicher”.The commissioning will be attended by German Minister of Economics Sigmar Gabriel, Swedish Minister for Enterprise Mikael Damberg, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg Olaf Scholz, Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein Torsten Albig, together with Magnus Hall, President and CEO of Vattenfall and Dr. Florian Bieberbach, Chairman of the SWM Board.With a total capacity of 288MW, the wind farm will be able to produce enough electricity to power around 400,000 homes. OffshoreWIND staff; Image: dantysklast_img read more

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Indians Get Complete Game Performance From Carrasco; Win Fourth Game in A Row, Three Takeaways From 5-1 Victory

first_img Payton Vince CLEVELAND, Ohio- On Wednesday evening, the Cleveland Indians took on the Detroit Tigers in what was game three of a four game series concluding on Thursday night.Coming into tonight’s game against the Tigers, the Indians have won three games in a row and have taken the first two games against Detroit.Heading into Wednesday evening’s match up the Indians came in with a record of 6-5 and was only a half a game behind the Minnesota Twins for the early first place lead. The Tigers came in with a record of 4-6 .Following the Indians 5-1 victory over the Tigers, the Indians improve to 7-5 on the season. As the Tigers fall to 4-7 on the year.Here’s our three takeaways from the Indians 5-1 victory. Pages: 1 2 3 4 Related Topics2018 Cleveland IndiansCarlos CarrascoIndiansJose RamirezMichael BrantleyTigersYonder Alonso Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for LastWordOnSports.com. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on AllSportsCleveland.com.last_img read more

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Jeon retains lead at Chiba tourney

first_imgINZAI, Chiba Pref. – South Korea’s Jeon Mi Jeong shot an even-par 72 on Saturday to stay atop the leaderboard heading into the final round of the Kagome Philanthropy LPGA Players Championship.Jeon, an eight-time winner on the Japan LPGA tour, had four birdies and four bogeys for a 7-under 209 total, one shot ahead of Yuko Mitsuka, at Narashino Country Club. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Jeon bogeyed the second and fourth holes but fought back with three straight birdies from the sixth before dropping one back on the last hole of the front nine.Mitsuka shot a 71 while Ayako Uehara also went 1-under to close in third place. Money leader Akiko Fukushima had a 73 to sit a further stroke back.Maiko Wakabayashi (69), South Korean Lee Ji Woo (72) and Hiromi Mogi (74) tied for fifth at 3-under 213. last_img read more

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