Improve Visibility at Crosswalks

If it is difficult for pedestrians to see traffic approaching the crosswalk, then it will be difficult for the motorist to see the person who is crossing. Crossings should be clear of obstacles (such as newspaper racks, large poles close to the roadway and bushes/trees) to maximize the pedestrian's ability to see approaching vehicles and for approaching motorists to see pedestrians. Additionally, changes to the street, such as curb extensions, can help improve the sight lines for pedestrians and motorists.

Make sure obstacles are minimized

Keep bushes and trees in medians or at the sides of street crossings that may obstruct the view for a pedestrian properly pruned. You can help by reporting visibility problems at street crossings to your town, city, or homeowners association. Before entering the street, stop at the edge of the curb and look left and right. If you can see clearly and no branches or other obstacles obstruct your view, you've done a good job making the crosswalk a safer place for fellow pedestrians. If a neighbor needs to prune their vegetation, talk to the homeowner, or contact your city or homeowner's association.

Request parking restrictions or curb bulbs

If parked cars obstruct your view when you try to look for on-coming traffic before crossing the street, call your city to report the problem. One of the easiest solutions is to prohibit parking, or to enforce the existing parking restrictions. Bus stops should typically be located downstream from a crosswalk to improve conditions for pedestrians and to encourage pedestrians to cross behind the bus. You can suggest the city consider installing curb extensions or build parking bays so that pedestrians can see around the parked cars.