A consistent approach and methods for treating uncontrolled crosswalks in Minnesota will improve pedestrian safety throughout the state.
This Local Road Research Board study sought to improve consistency in the methods and approach that local agencies use to address crosswalks. The project team focused on the question of how a crosswalk should be enhanced with additional countermeasures, if any, once the decision is made to mark it.
A quick reference guide was developed based on FHWA guidance to help agencies select from the following 12 crosswalk treatments, based on factors such as roadway type, vehicle volumes and posted speed limits:
- High-visibility crosswalk markings
- Parking restrictions on crosswalk approach
- Adequate nighttime lighting levels
- Crossing warning signs
- Raised crosswalks
- Advanced Stop Here for Pedestrian sign and stop line
- In-street pedestrian crossing sign
- Curb extension
- Pedestrian refuge island
- Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB)
- Road diet
- Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB)
- Pedestrian Crosswalk Policy Development Guidelines (2020RIC01)
- Uncontrolled Pedestrian Crosswalk Quick Reference Guide (2020RIC01G)
- Technical Summary
See the project page for further information.