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Respondent #23, 2/4/09

These newly painted crosswalks are fantastic! They are more attractive and add to the pedestrian/community feel!

I have frequently read the responses from the City folks saying that painted crosswalks give a false sense of security" and that "every intersection is by definition a crosswalk". That may be true, however I think these are SUPER and it would be nice if more places had them painted this way. I do feel car drivers need to be reminded of their duty to stop, and such crossings do that. (busdrivers need to be reminded as well, and garbage truck drivers, and delivery people) There needs to be more security in crossing the street - I am not sure how to create that. However, I don't think NOT painting crosswalks is making any more of a positive impact.

These brick markings are great and I would love to see more of them. For example, at Sunnyside and 50th and 1st Avenue NE and 50th.

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDoT) Response

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) does not typically install Duratherm crosswalks such as the ones at Wallingford Avenue NE and NE 45th Street because of the relatively high cost of installation and maintenance of this treatment. Our standard ladder-style marked crosswalks are designed so that vehicle tires do not wear away the crosswalk markings as quickly. Furthermore, we find that vehicle drivers can see the ladder-style crosswalks better than other types of crosswalk designs. However, if you are particularly interested the Duratherm crosswalks at other signalized locations, it could be pursued as an Neighborhood Street Fund project. Click here for more information about the Neighborhood Street Fund.

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