Tactics

In-Road Pedestrian Signs

These are flexible signs placed in the median or centerline at unsignalized crossings announcing that drivers must yield or stop for crossing pedestrians.

Guidance
  • Install in a location where it does not conflict with traffic patterns or encroach into a travel lane: at the crosswalk on the centerline, on a lane line, or on a median island, but not postmounted on the left-hand or right-hand side of the roadway
  • Install in a location where it does block pedestrian traffic in the crosswalk
  • Install in areas with low volumes of turningtruck traffic or in medians
  • Install in narrower roadways to maximize visibility of the signs
  • Design the sign support to bend over and then bounce back to its normal vertical position when struck by a vehicle
  • Be consistent with state regulations, whether drivers must yield or stop to pedestrians in unsignalized crossings
  • Make the sign reflective if it’s left in place 24 hours a day
Benefits
  • Reminds drivers that pedestrians have the right-of-way in unsignalized crosswalks
  • Increases driver yield-to-pedestrian rates
Considerations
  • States or municipalities might be liable for property damage resulting from the presence of these signs in the roadway
Where to Use It
  • Unsignalized pedestrian crossings with a marked crosswalk
  • Most effective on narrow or two-lane roads
  • Not permitted at signalized intersections
  • Village centers or retail areas along two-lane (often rural) roads
Professional Consensus
  • Allowed within MUTCD
Examples

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