S Catalina St & 7th St

An issue brought by R.F.K. Community Schools students along with CARECEN at the Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council general meeting. The intersection at the main entrance is a “T” intersection in which various kinds of traffic runs through. From parents, students, people getting to work, business delivery, teachers, and many other parties.

The school which has 6 schools from all grades and more than four thousand students. Not to mention the total cost of campus is north of half a billion dollars. Opening in 2010 the intersection has been there for a long time. There were issues around that time as well but with more people and more cars it’s increasingly getting chaotic. The appropriate description when all traffic clashes during school entry & exit is “clusterf*ck”.

If you don’t find the description appropriate, do you find our students & community in danger at an intersection acceptable?

My personal experience when I went to R.F.K. Community Schools at ASGL. – JAG

Read My Story

View video below to observe intersection.

13 Minute video recorded in the afternoon.

The Problem

The intersection is currently overburden by various traffics causing behaviour issues resulting in ignoring safe pedestrian and vehicle rules.

The Solution

In order to solve the overburden intersection we must solve all the use cases of why traffic flows through the intersection.

Who’s using the intersection?

  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Staff
  • Parents
  • Cyclist
  • Delivery
  • School buses
  • Neighbors
  • Thru Traffic

What are the reasons?

  • Drop/Pick Up
  • Staff getting into parking lot
  • School buses loading
  • Commercial delivery
  • Going to Wilshire Blvd.
  • Going to 8th St
  • Going towards 7th St.
  • Cyclist going on bike path on 7th St.
  • Students riding scooters, skateboards, bicycles and other.

During our observation what was the worst thing we saw?

How can we solve the overburden intersection?

Many ideas were thrown around from past experiences to thinking outside the box. These are some relative ideas with no order or priority.

  • Turn the S Catalina St next to school into a one way street
  • Create an offsite pick up drop off zone
  • Add traffic lights (red, yellow & green)
  • Station police officers on bikes
  • Multiple Crossing Guards
  • Signage safety of pedestrians and traffic
  • Open driveway as pick up drop off zone

None of these suggestions are going to be implemented anytime soon. Perhaps the crossing guards but that cost will come out of the school unfortunately.

Stay tuned as we continue to write or join the discussions.