Strengthen Street-Crossing Ordinances
This tactic entails amending existing state vehicle and traffic statutes to give pedestrians a way to signal to oncoming traffic that they intend to cross before having to step into the roadway.
- Retain all pedestrian right-of-way statute language
- Add a definition of “crossing the roadway” to the definitions section of vehicle and traffic laws
- Clarify and expand the definition of “crossing the roadway” to mean when any part or extension of a pedestrian—eg., foot, cane tip, wheelchair, leashed animal, or crutch—moves into the roadway and the pedestrian intends to cross
- Create a strategic coalition with nontraditional partners, including the disabled community, seniors, advocates for the blind, and dogwalkers
- Allows pedestrians to exercise their right-of-way without putting themselves in the path of oncoming vehicles
- Teaches safe pedestrian practices to children and seniors
- Clarifies the law for police officers
- Legal fees to create the statute amendment
- Resource requirements to advocate for the amendment and build legislative support
Where to Use It
- Local legislature or ordinance
- State legislature
- In the absence of endorsements from national associations or governmental departments, cities are turning to best practices employed by other municipalities
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