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Rethinking Crosswalks

By Matthew Yglesias  

"Rethinking Crosswalks"

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Is it time to rethink crosswalk design to better reflect how people walk?

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My beef with crosswalks in the contemporary American urban environment is that the “white paint on a street” paradigm carries the implication that the shared cars/people space is really meant for cars and the pedestrians are just visiting and crossing the road. This is a shared space that’s used for walking just as often as it’s used for driving, and the demarcation should clearly indicate as much.

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