How, when, and where does one “cross” the “street”? Current practice holds that streets are to be crossed only at crosswalks, typically located at intersections. And yet, people cross the street at a number of locations, in a variety of ways, and at multiple times. This article expands on the thinking in the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ Urban Street Design Guide about crossings and crosswalks. It posits that a nuanced methodology is required for the profession to realize an egalitarian system of circulation for drivers and pedestrians alike.
In the November 2014 issue of the ITE Journal, Michael King closely examines the issues of crosswalks.