Has the City considered installing 3D crosswalks?
Some residents have noted that other cities in the United States have experimented with 3-dimensional crosswalk markings, including;
- - Medford, MA (https://patch.com/massachusetts/medford/3-d-crosswalk-installed-outside-medford-school)
- - Kansas City, KS (https://fox4kc.com/2018/11/20/kck-testing-3d-crosswalk-to-slow-down-traffic-in-busy-neighborhood/)
- - Grand Rapids, MN (https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/09/16/northern-minnesota-town-paints-3d-crosswalk-grand-rapids/)
These installations create the impression that the crosswalk
blocks are floating above the street. The intended result is to get drivers to
slow down and yield to pedestrians. However, guidance from the Federal Highway
Administration states that crosswalk art degrades the contrast between the
markings and the pavement, reducing the visibility of the crosswalk overall and
contributing to a false sense of security for both pedestrians and motorists. While there is little empirical evidence to support
the FHWA’s claims, there is also little evidence to support the efficacy of
crosswalk art at improving pedestrian safety.
What is the purpose of the curb extensions?
The primary purpose is to improve safety for pedestrians crossing the
road. The extensions decrease the distance to cross the road, and
therefore reduce the time a pedestrian is in conflict with vehicular
traffic. The narrower street width also serves to constrict motor
vehicle traffic, causing them to slow down when approaching the
intersection and evaluate their surroundings for other vehicles,
pedestrians and cyclists.
As a driver, what should I do when I drive around the temporary delineators?
Are there places in Edina where curb extensions have been installed?
Has the City considered how buses will be able to move through these narrowed intersections?