Every year, City staff receives requests for additional designated crosswalks at uncontrolled intersections (those without a traffic signal or 4-way stop) and in mid-block locations. Such requests are often located near schools and parks and are targeted to sensitive populations. Because marked pedestrian crosswalks can create a false sense of safety for crosswalk users, it is important that each crosswalk implemented be done in a thoughtful way to provide the safest crossings possible. Some locations may not be suitable for crosswalks, and these should be identified and removed from consideration.
This policy discusses the method and timelines for evaluating and implementing pedestrian crosswalks. The policy serves as a general guideline for the processing of each request. Timing of request review and implementation varies based on each location and resources required to complete.