DOWNTOWN — Traffic through a mid-block crosswalk that extends across North Brand Boulevard in the bustling thoroughfare’s 500 block has so frightened local workers and residents that many say they have opted to avoid the crosswalk entirely.
Kim Wiser and her coworkers have used the crosswalk, which stretches over six traffic lanes, but said the designated pedestrian pathway has been a major safety risk because many motorists won’t stop.
“It’s to the point where we don’t even want to walk across the street,” she said.
After many close calls with motorists, and some harassment from drivers, Wiser called police for help.
That’s why Glendale police officers conducted an enforcement sting Thursday on North Brand, citing motorists for failing to stop for pedestrians, Lt. Gary Montecuollo said. Police also deployed an electronic sign programmed with the message, “Watch for peds.”