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  • Pedestrian Crossings

     

    Both pedestrians and motorists have rights and responsibilities on the roadway.

    • Pedestrians must obey signals and yield to motorists if not crossing at an intersection or a crosswalk.
    • Conversely, motorists are required to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and when crossing at intersections.


    The potential for accidents and injury increases with the improper placement of crosswalks. Also, excessive use of signs and pavement markings can substantially reduce the effectiveness of such devices.

    Crosswalks may be marked or unmarked. They exist at all controlled intersections and may only be established by markings at nonintersection locations. Not all locations are safe for pedestrians to cross due to traffic volumes, speed limits, sight distances, etc.

    Therefore, an engineering study must be conducted before installing a marked crosswalk. Marked crosswalks serve two purposes:

    1. They tell the pedestrian the best place to cross, and
    2. They clarify that a legal crosswalk exists at a particular location.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation has produced brochures on "Pedestrian CrosswalksDownload Adobe Reader from Downloads Page  " and "Pedestrian Signals,Download Adobe Reader from Downloads Page" which are good information sources.

    Establishing Marked Crosswalks

    Marked pedestrian crosswalks may be used to delineate preferred pedestrian paths across roadways under the following conditions:

    • At locations with stop signs or traffic signals. Vehicular traffic might block pedestrian traffic when stopping for a stop sign or red light; marking crosswalks may help to reduce this occurrence.
    • At nonsignalized street crossing locations in designated school zones. Use of adult crossing guards, school signs and markings or traffic signals with pedestrian signals (when warranted) should be used along with the marked crosswalk, as needed.
    • At nonsignalized locations where engineering judgment dictates that the number of motor vehicle lanes, pedestrian exposure, average daily traffic (ADT), posted speed limit and geometry of the location would make the use of specially designated crosswalks desirable for traffic/pedestrian safety and mobility.
    • Locations with high pedestrian activity next to high-use, public facilities, such as community centers, libraries, parks, etc.

     

    Contact the county at 303-271-8461 to request an evaluation for a potential marked crosswalk.

    Last Updated: 5-14-2013