There are many different ways to accommodate pedestrian street crossings: provide a basic crosswalk, design a crosswalk with additional special treatments such as high-visibility markings or flashing beacons, or even decide not to mark a crosswalk at all due to high traffic speeds, poor sight distance, or other safety concerns. Developing a sound pedestrian safety strategy should include thoughtful consideration of the appropriate settings for different types of crosswalk designs, grounded in the latest research on safety and effectiveness.

How it Works

Fehr & Peers has developed a CrossWalk+ Tool (formerly Xwalk+) to guide the selection of candidate crosswalk treatments. The tool has a solid foundation in published research from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program and Federal Highway Administration, and it has been peer-reviewed by the ITE Pedestrian/Bicycle Council. Using simple inputs from a field survey, such as number of lanes, posted speed, and average daily traffic volumes, the CrossWalk+ tool allows the user to identify candidate crosswalk treatments for mid-block and uncontrolled locations, and to understand the pros and cons of each treatment.

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