WEST HOLLYWOOD—The city of West Hollywood has implemented an all pedestrian phase interval that will occur every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night between the hours of 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Robertson Boulevard.

This intersection is a popular spot of West Hollywood nightlife and is located near the corner of popular bar The Abbey, the taco shop Guisados, along with many other popular night life destinations. According to the city of West Hollywood, up to 2,000 pedestrians cross the intersection per hour making it the most trafficked intersection in the city. 

According to the press release released by the city, the new policy will ensure pedestrian safety since this particular intersection has high volumes of pedestrians at night. Pedestrians cross by pressing a button and walking when the walk signal has been enacted. Under the new policy, all the lights will turn red for the cars at every direction of the intersection which will allow pedestrians to walk across in either direction for the allotted period of time. 

“I’m excited that our City is embracing new ways of engineering pedestrian safety into this highly trafficked intersection,” said Mayor Pro Tempore Lindsey P. Horvath. “This follows a variety of pedestrian-safety improvements throughout West Hollywood during the past few years. As a city, we’re committed to making sure we do whatever we can do make West Hollywood walkable, safe and accessible. We will be monitoring the effect of improvements at the intersection and if we see that this is a successful effort, then this can serve as a model for additional major intersection pedestrian-safety enhancements throughout the city,” Horvarth added.

Since the policy was enacted on Thursday, June 27, deputies from the West Hollywood Station of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department will temporarily regulate the intersection just in case there are any questions or safety concerns. 

For more details about the city of West Hollywood’s efforts to improve pedestrian safety, call the City of West Hollywood’s Department of Public Works at (323) 848-6375. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, contact TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.