AdvantagesUnjustified and poorly located marked crosswalks may cause an increased expense to the taxpayers for installation and maintenance costs which may not be justified in terms of improved public safety. Indeed, such crosswalks may tend to increase the hazard to pedestrians and drivers alike.
- 1. May help pedestrians orient themselves and find their way across complex intersections.
- 2. May help show pedestrians the shortest route across traffic.
- 3. May help show pedestrians the route with the least exposure to vehicular traffic and traffic conflicts.
- 4. May help position pedestrians where they can be seen best by oncoming traffic.
- 5. May help utilize the presence of luminaires to improve pedestrian nighttime safety.
- 6. May help channelize and limit pedestrian traffic to specific locations.
- 7. May aid in enforcing pedestrian crossing regulations.
- 8. May act, in a limited manner, as a warning device and reminder to drivers that this is a location where pedestrian conflicts can be expected.
- 1. May cause pedestrians to have a false sense of security and to place themselves in a hazardous position with respect to vehicular traffic.
- 2. May cause the pedestrian to think that the driver can and will stop in all cases, even when it is impossible to do so.
- 3. May cause a greater number of rear-end and associated collisions due to pedestrians not waiting for gaps in traffic.
- 4. May cause an increase in fatal and serious injury accidents.
- 5. May cause a disrespect for all pedestrian regulations and traffic controls.