Monday, October 18, 2010

Making Pedestrian Crosswalks Safer

A virtual raised crosswalk in Sweden.
At one time or another we are all "pedestrians" or "drivers" or "bikers" or "passengers." And we most likely at one time or another have either been stuck in city traffic and blocked a crosswalk because we couldn't make it completely through the intersection. And we also have probably been on the other side as a pedestrian trying to cross the street only to have a vehicle blocking our way.

It is an awkward and frustrating experience for both the driver and the pedestrians. But what to do about it?

Well, as in a lot of other innovative ideas, the answer could come from across the pond. Many European cities have been experimenting with traffic calming measures including raised pedestrian crosswalks.

Raised crossings slow down motor vehicle traffic and increase pedestrian visibility.

Another idea being implemented in some places is LED lighting, or in-pavement lighting (pictured below). When pedestrians are walking across the street the pavement lights turn on, adding an extra visible warning to drivers that pedestrians are about to cross the street.

Raised pedestrian crosswalks, in-pavement lighting and other safety measures when implemented will make it easier for both pedestrians and drivers and hopefully reduce the annoying circumstances of cars blocking crosswalks in rush hour traffic.


  1. "Always follow the traffic rules," the attending physician of urgent care milpitas told me. He said that with the increasing number of victims due to road accidents it really is alarming now. That's why they keep on reminding their patients to follow the traffic rules.

    1. I definitely agree with you Mr. Blake! I have experienced to be taken at an urgent care in renton because of not following simple traffic rule, which is walking in the pedestrian lane.

  2. When I visited an online doctor consultations website, what I noticed is that many of the concerns coming from the people are all about road accidents whether car collisions or pedestrian not following the right way of crossing the street. For us to be safe everywhere and anytime it is very important to abide traffic rules.

  3. I was advised to buy pgx to cure my poor eye sight. I was once a victim of this pedestrian crossing and good thing I have my medications with me plus they made every lines a little bit brighter than the usual.

  4. This pedestrian crosswalk will benefit a lot of people. Especially those who are working from home like the people in terminal in home care services; some would commute and some would walk to their destined place.


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