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Midblock crosswalks facilitate crossings to places that people want to go but that are not well served by the existing traffic network. These pedestrian crossings, which commonly occur at schools, parks, museums, waterfronts, and other destinations, have historically been overlooked or difficult to access, creating unsafe or unpredictable situations for both pedestrians and vehicles.
Designers should study both existing and projected pedestrian volumes in assessing warrants for midblock crossings to account for latent demand.
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Where an unsignalized crossing exists at a transit stop, enhanced crossing treatments or actuated signals should be added.
Adapted from the Urban Street Design Guide, published by Island Press.