The City's policy for crosswalks is to install crosswalks
only where traffic is controlled by stop signs or traffic signals. The City
will install crosswalks at intersections controlled by traffic signals,
school route crossings adjacent to schools, and selected trail crossings.
Extensive research has found that midblock-crossings offer a false sense of
security for pedestrians. Drivers are not accustomed to having crosswalks at
locations where they do not normally exist.
A stop sign is one of our most valuable and effective traffic control
devices when used at the right location and under the right conditions. There
are certain warrants which must be met according to the Federal Highway
Administration's Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) that
enable us to justify the installation of stop signs. These warrants consider
sight distance, traffic volume, and the frequency of gaps that occur in
traffic that allow for safe vehicle entry or pedestrian crossing. The MUTCD
also maintains that stop signs are never used for speed control.
For more information, contact the Transportation Options Coordinator in
the Public Works Department main office
or Transportation Superintendent in the
Public Works Operations Division.