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Along & Across the Roadway

SDOT workings putting in a new signThe Pedestrian Master Plan also accounts for existing conditions for pedestrians throughout the city. This information is used in the recommendations, as well as in the phasing and implementation strategies. One of the ways this is done is by identifying and comparing opportunities for pedestrian improvements along and across roads. The opportunities for improvements are estimated using variables that contribute to the pedestrian environment: motor vehicle speed limit; the width of the road; presence of features such as traffic signals, curb ramps, and crosswalks; and others. For example, an area with wide roads, no sidewalks, and no traffic signals is assumed to be more challenging for pedestrians than an area with sidewalks, traffic signals, lower traffic speed, and curb ramps on every corner. Point values are assigned to all roads and intersections to capture the combination of these variables for relative comparison.

The opportunity assessment is not based on a field evaluation—it is based on data about these roadway characteristics. Additional information on the factors that were included in the “Walking along the Roadway” and the “Crossing the Roadway” assessments is included in the Appendix.

"Walking Along the Roadway" Map Description

"Crossing the Roadway" Map Description

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