At some point throughout your travels, you will be a pedestrian. Whether you are casually walking, jogging, shopping, or simply commuting to work, it will be necessary for you to exit your vehicle and interact as a pedestrian with the driving traffic.
There are two types of crosswalks: marked and unmarked. A marked crosswalk consists of white paint outlining the traveled path of pedestrians. An unmarked crosswalk is the portion of the street that connects two aligned sidewalks across the intersection.
Definition of a crosswalk by State law:
The part of a roadway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the traversable roadway; or Any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrians crossing by lines or other markings on the surface.
At any and all crosswalks (marked or unmarked; at an intersection or midblock), drivers are required by State law to yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be, to pedestrians.
Pedestrian Crossing Enhancements
In an effort to draw attention to both pedestrians and crosswalks and aid in the vehicular compliance rate, the City has used a number of different enhancements. These enhancements include the following:
- Ladder-style crosswalks: These crosswalks use more paint to highlight the crossing and have been reserved for school crossings or trail crossings.
- School crossings: These crosswalks are unique in their proximity to schools and come with their own sign clusters. More information can be found on the City’s school zones information page.
- Overhead signage and lighting: The signage and lighting enhances the visibility of the crossing and thus gives the driver advanced warning that pedestrians may be present.
- Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacon (RRFB): RRFBs are pedestrian activated flashers located beneath the crossing signage. The unique pattern in which the beacons flash has proven to better alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians. This enhancement has been reserved for trail crossings of major roadways.