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It is not clear where to cross the street.

Pedestrian using sidewalkEvery public street intersection is a legal crosswalk (unless otherwise signed), regardless of whether it is marked or unmarked. For a crosswalk to legally exist at a mid-block location, it must be marked. Pedestrians have the same legal protections and rights when crossing in marked or unmarked crosswalks.

Marked crosswalks guide pedestrians to the best place to cross, warn motorists of pedestrian crossings, and remind motorists to stop or yield to pedestrians. They are also helpful at complex intersections to show exactly where to cross the street. Different jurisdictions have different policies on marked crosswalks. In general, marked crosswalks are not as commonly used on residential streets except when installed as part of a Safe Routes to School Program. In Seattle, crosswalks are marked according to Director's Rule 2004-01. To learn more, click here.

The enforcement, education, design, and planning toolboxes provide tools for clarifying street crossing locations.

Recommended Tools
Under each toolbox listed below, you have been directed to categories of tools. Selecting an individual category will link you to the tools from that category that can best be used to address unclear street crossings.

Design, Engineering, and Universal Access Tools
Curb Space Zone
Travelway Zone

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