Compiling the Evidence: Pedestrians Need Airbags on San Fernando Road

Youth Voices is working with students from the Los Angeles River School to re-imagine the L.A. River and the surrounding communities as part of the Northeast Los Angelels Riverfront Collaborative. The students have formed teams to explore and investigate their communities, map assets, collect and share stories, data and community input for their projects. All the while they are learning and expanding their knowledge of digital media and civic engagement. Follow their work here and on Instagram and Twitter by using #kcetyv.


We are working on improving the condition of San Fernando Road, the sidewalks and the lights. The streets are cracked, there are no bike lanes and the sidewalks are so narrow people have trouble walking safely. The street lights aren't bright enough so it gets really dark at night and dangerous. Cyclists or pedestrians walking along the sidewalks might get hit by cars that are going too fast. Some students have to walk off the sidewalk in order to catch the bus, which is very dangerous.

We go to a school along San Fernando Rd. and we see the dangers everyday and we want it to be safe.

We learned that it affects more than one person and peoples lives are in danger.

Josef Bray-Ali, the owner of the bike shop Flying Pigeon in Cypress Park, contacted us through our article on the KCET website. He gave us information on similar efforts and some resources. We then contacted him through twitter and were able to schedule an interview with him. He has continued to share resources with us, including different ways other cities are developing bike/pedestrian friendly neighborhoods:


We continued our outreach through social media by reaching out to the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services on Twitter and learned how to request street services and lights for San Fernando Road.

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