Tactics

Raised Crosswalks

A raised crosswalk is a higher section of pavement with a marked crosswalk. It is placed across the street to encourage drivers to slow down. Raised intersections usually have sloped ramps for the driver leading and following the flat raised-crosswalk section.

Guidance
  • Construct a 10–15’ plateau 2–3” shorter than sidewalk level with straight 6’ ramps on either side
  • Consider drainage: relocate catch basins, install trench drains or drainage pipes where necessary
  • Install ADA ramps and detectable warnings (truncated domes) at the street edge for people with vision impairments
  • Incorporate proposed PROWAG accessibility guidelines into design
  • Highlight crosswalks with smooth, colored roadway surface materials rather than textured materials to ensure universal access
  • Evaluate impacts of daylighting by collecting crash data
Benefits
  • Improves pedestrian safety
  • Reduces vehicle speeds
  • Increases pedestrian visibility
  • Eliminates the need for a separate curb ramp
  • Resolves the accessibility challenges of narrow sidewalks
Considerations
  • Possible discomfort when driving over raised crosswalks or intersections
  • May not be appropriate for emergency routes, bus routes, or high-speed streets
  • May not be appropriate at signalized intersections where prevailing speeds are too fast for crosswalk treatment
  • Difficult for snow removal
Where to Use It
  • Minor collector or residential streets with moderate traffic
  • Alleys and shared public ways
  • Intersection of low-volume and high-volume streets, such as local access lanes of multi-way boulevards
  • Where a street changes its function or street type
Professional Consensus
  • A recommended countermeasure within the FHWA’s Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System
  • A recommendation of the February 2010 International Technology Scanning Program, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program
Examples

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