Creating crosswalks that protect pedestrians


Maria Saporta
Crosswalks. Some would rather watch paint dry than talk about crosswalks.
But well-designed crosswalks can make all the difference in the world when it comes to developing a city that welcomes pedestrians.
Atlanta’s crosswalks — or lack there of — is one of my pet peeves. There’s probably no better barometer about how pedestrian-friendly a city is than the way it designs and maintains its crosswalks.
Friends of mine roll their eyes when I start talking about the beauty of painted piano keys that safely outline the space reserved for those walking from one side of the street to the other.
Those wide white-painted stripes command respect for pedestrians and clearly communicate to cars their boundaries.
To reinforce the message, some cities change the pavement
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One thought on “Creating crosswalks that protect pedestrians”

  1. Anyone who has traveled to Europe and has enjoyed the beauty of their pedestrian friendly sidewalks, crosswalks, out door cafes knows what your talking about.
    Look at our area.
    1. Bike lanes are a joke.
    2. Large tractor trailer Marta buses roaming empty, at top speed through our streets. Not to miss, they cant turn at most intersections and take out anyone on the sidewalk.
    3. People in Crosswalks, if you can find any, are target practice for most drivers.
    4. Sidewalks end and become grass paths. Cement sidewalks are cracked or unkept.
    5. Those going to services on Lavista, wearing black, at night need to wear reflectors cause we dont have street lights that do any good.

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