Designed to guide the selection of candidate crosswalk treatments
There are many different ways to accommodate pedestrian street crossings: provide a basic crosswalk, design a crosswalk with additional special treatments such as high-visibility markings or flashing beacons, or even decide not to mark a crosswalk at all due to high traffic speeds, poor sight distance, or other safety concerns. Developing a sound pedestrian safety strategy should include thoughtful consideration of the appropriate settings for different types of crosswalk designs, grounded in the latest research on safety and effectiveness.
Fehr & Peers has developed a XWalk+ Tool to guide the selection of candidate crosswalk treatments. The tool has a solid foundation in published research from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program and Federal Highway Administration, and it has been peer-reviewed by the ITE Pedestrian/Bicycle Council.
Using simple inputs from a field survey, such as number of lanes, posted speed, and average daily traffic volumes, the XWalk+ tool allows the user to identify candidate crosswalk treatments for mid-block and uncontrolled locations, and to understand the pros and cons of each treatment.