A pedestrian crossing or crosswalk is a designated point on a road at which some means are employed to assist pedestrians wishing to cross. They are designed to keep pedestrians together where they can be seen by motorists, and where they can cross most safely across the flow of vehicular traffic. Pedestrian crossings are often found at intersections, but may also be at other points on busy roads that would otherwise be too unsafe to cross without assistance due to vehicle numbers, speed or road widths. They are also commonly installed where large numbers of pedestrians are attempting to cross (such as in shopping areas) or where vulnerable road users (such as school children) regularly cross.
Signalised pedestrian crossings clearly separate when each type of traffic (pedestrians or road vehicles) can use the crossing. Unsignalized crossings generally assist pedestrians, and usually prioritise pedestrians, depending on the locality. Pedestrian crossings, especially when combined with other features like pedestrian priority or raised surfaces, can be used as a traffic calming technique.
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... The main Gardiners Creek Trail continues to the left, crossing the Solway Street Bridge that was rebuilt and opened in late 2011 after being washed away by flood waters in February 2011 ... A pedestrian crossing passes over the road, and after crossing the creek on the road bridge the path continues north through Local History Park in Burwood to the intersection of McIntyre Street, Elgar ... Once at Station Street riders can detour to a nearby pedestrian crossing, or cross at the lights at Riversdale Road ...
... While being pushed across a pedestrian crossing in a wheelchair (by her nanny with her service dog Tara by her side) near her home in Sydney's northern beaches, she was hit by a car and thrown 18 metres ... negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and not giving way to a pedestrian on a crossing" ... that while accidents do happen, reconstruction of the pedestrian crossing in question must be commenced, due to the number of incidents occurring ...
... The girl run over on a pedestrian crossing was killed ... substantiated that the lights had been red at least five seconds at the moment the man crossed the pedestrian crossing ... a clear summer day in 13 August 2002, a nine year old girl crossing Huopalahdentie road in a pedestrian crossing was run over by a car and killed ...
... Pedestrian crossings across railways may be arranged differently, such as in New South Wales ...
Famous quotes containing the words crossing and/or pedestrian:
“Twenty men crossing a bridge,
Into a village,
Are twenty men crossing twenty bridges,
Into twenty villages,
Or one man
Crossing a single bridge into a village.”
—Wallace Stevens (18791955)
“However global I strove to become in my thinking over the past twenty years, my sons kept me rooted to an utterly pedestrian view, intimately involved with the most inspiring and fractious passages in human development. However unconsciously by now, motherhood informs every thought I have, influencing everything I do. More than any other part of my life, being a mother taught me what it means to be human.”
—Mary Kay Blakely (20th century)