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Resolution 01-04

Resolution 01-04

Marking Crosswalks

WHEREAS, neither motorists nor pedestrians understand that all sides of intersections, even if not marked with white lines, are generally legal crosswalks, and

WHEREAS, motorists are more likely to fail to yield to pedestrians where there are no crosswalk markings, and

WHEREAS, motorists are rarely cited for violating pedestrian right of way laws where there are no crosswalk markings, and

WHEREAS, removing crosswalk markings implies that pedestrians do not belong on the street, and

WHEREAS, as a consequence of not knowing the legal crossing places, pedestrians often put themselves at risk by crossing at unsafe locations, and

WHEREAS, police are often unsympathetic to pedestrians crossing outside of marked crosswalks, and

WHEREAS, research has failed to substantiate the so-called “false sense of security” that is often used as an argument against marking crosswalks, and

WHEREAS, highly visible crossing markings are critical visual guides to pedestrians with low vision, and

WHEREAS, crosswalks utilizing brick or other unit paving materials without highly contrasting markings cannot be easily distinguished by persons with low vision or color blindness,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that America Walks calls upon jurisdictions to require:

  1. That all legal crosswalks be marked on streets where average daily traffic equals or exceeds 8000 vehicles.
  2. That highly visible crosswalk markings be installed at at all school crossings and all transit stops, including those not located adjacent to a traffic signal;
  3. That crossing improvements such as pedestrian refuge islands, curb extensions, and flashing in-pavement lights be considered on streets where the speed or volume of traffic, the width of the crossing, or limitations on visability may make crossing without such improvements unsafe;
  4. That crosswalks be well illuminated at night;
  5. That crosswalk markings have a high color contrast to be visibly distinguishable from the road pavement;
  6. That, crosswalks be designed in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Rights-of-Way Access Advisory Committee, so that their benefits may be extended to the greatest number of pedestrians[1].

    [1] The Access Board, Building a True Community, Final Report, Public Rights-of-Way Access Advisory Committee, January 2001, website: