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Is it a good idea for our City Council to pass a jaywalking ordinance? Should our city reconsider its prohibition of midblock pedestrian crossings?
The term "jaywalking" has no technical meaning. People frequently characterize pedestrian behavior as jaywalking without truly understanding the rights and responsibilities of pedestrians. ...more >
Does our city need a bicycle plan and/or a pedestrian plan? What are the advantages or disadvantages of combining the two?
Cities need bicycle and pedestrian plans both to assess current conditions and to set forth policies, programs and projects to make walking and bicycling more desirable. Commonly, such plans contain existing facility improvement and new construction recommendations. ...more >
What are Park Once and Walk policies or programs?
A Park Once and Walk program encourages walking through the strategic placement and pricing of parking. These programs create a pedestrian-friendly environment through the use of policies, codes, planning and management efforts that design parking facilities ( ...more >
What is Context Sensitive Solutions?
Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders in developing a transportation facility that fits its physical setting and preserves scenic, ...more >
What is congestion pricing?
Congestion pricing is a policy that seeks to reduce the number of cars and trucks coming into or moving about a city by assessing fees during certain peak hours of travel. Annual traffic delay per person in the U. ...more >
What does the flashing DON'T WALK signal mean?
Oftentimes pedestrians are confused because the flashing DON'T WALK display appears before they finish crossing the street. Usually, there is nothing wrong with the traffic signal timing, there is just a misunderstanding of what the pedestrian signal means. ...more >
How much does it cost to develop a bicycle and/or pedestrian plan?
It can vary widely, depending on the specific scope of the plan, but the range is probably somewhere between $25,000 and $500,000. Obviously the answer depends on a lot of variables and assumes that the development of the plan will likely be done by outside consultants. ...more >
Are states and cities required to plan for bicycling and/or walking?
There is no legal requirement for states or cities to develop stand-alone bicycle and/or pedestrian plans. However, bicyclists and pedestrians must be considered in the statewide and metropolitan transportation plans required by Federal law ( ...more >
Why don't we have enough time to cross? (Why does the WALK change to DON'T WALK before I finish crossing?)
Many people do not understand the meaning of the WALK/DON'T WALK pedestrian signals (or WALKING PERSON/UPRAISED HAND). Many pedestrians want to see the WALK signal during the entire crossing. This is simply not possible in many cases, ...more >
Why don't we have more marked crosswalks to help us cross the street?
A legal crosswalk exists at all crossings of public streets at intersections, regardless if it is marked or unmarked. A crosswalk can only exist at a midblock location if it is marked. Pedestrians often assume that it is safer to cross in a marked crosswalk than an unmarked crosswalk. ...more >