The Department of Transportation is in charge of designing, installing, maintaining and modifying crosswalks in the County Right-of-Way.
What is a Crosswalk?
California Vehicle Code defines a crosswalk as: "...the portion of roadway at an intersection which represents extensions of the sidewalk lines, or any portion of the roadway distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing."
Marked vs. Unmarked Crosswalks.
Marked crosswalks serve to guide pedestrians into the proper path, and are indicated by two solid white or yellow lines about 12 inches wide that extend from curb to curb. Marked crosswalks are not necessarily safer than unmarked crosswalks. Some studies reveal that pedestrian-vehicle accidents are more likely to occur in a marked crosswalk at certain locations than an unmarked one. They are more visible to pedestrians than motorists, and can give pedestrians a false sense of security. It is important that pedestrians exercise caution when using crosswalks, regardless of right-of-way.
What do Crosswalk Symbols Mean?
"WALK" or a walking pedestrian symbol means that pedestrians may begin crossing. A flashing "DON'T WALK" or an upraised hand symbol means that it is too late to begin crossing the street, but pedestrians who are already in the crosswalk should quickly finish crossing. A steady "DON'T WALK" or an upraised hand symbol means that pedestrians should not begin crossing the street.
Cross at intersections for higher visibility.
- Look in all directions to check for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles before crossing the street.
- Be aware of turning vehicles.
- Never cross between parked vehicles or other visibility obstructions.
FYI: Marked crosswalks are not necessarily safer than unmarked crosswalks. Studies reveal that pedestrian-vehicle accidents are more likely to occur in a marked crosswalk than an unmarked one.
For additional information concerning:
- Crosswalk Maintenance
- Crosswalk Striping/Painting
- Disabled Access Issues
- New Crosswalk Installation
Call 311 or 875-4311 or report online at www.311.saccounty.net