Make Crosswalks More Visibile

Before you say that no crosswalks exist in your neighborhood, know that legal crosswalks exist at all public street intersections, unless otherwise signed, regardless of whether they are marked. For a crosswalk to legally exist at a midblock location, it must be marked. Pedestrians have the same legal protections and rights when crossing in marked or unmarked crosswalks.

Marked crosswalks are used to guide pedestrians to the best place to cross, to serve as a warning to motorists of pedestrian crossing activity, and to remind motorists to stop or yield to pedestrians. They are also helpful at complex intersections to show exactly where to cross the street.

Jurisdictions have different policies on marked crosswalks. In general, marked crosswalks are not as commonly used on local streets inside neighborhoods except when installed as part of a "Safe Route to School Plan" for children, although some cities regularly mark crosswalks at most locations. Crosswalks are often marked at busy intersections, near schools or universities, at transit stops, and at commercial or retail establishments.