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Pedestrian Safety
Pedestrian Safety Reminders

  • Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible
  • Look in all directions before crossing
  • Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen    
  • Don’t cross against pedestrian signals
  • Don’t cross at unsafe locations
  • Obey traffic laws
  • Use sidewalks whenever possible
  • Stay alert at all times; don't be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes of the road 

Stop Here for Pedestrians SignDrivers:
  • Slow down when approaching a crosswalk and look for pedestrians who may be waiting to cross
  • Stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane in which you are traveling or turning   
  • Stop and remain stopped for people directed by a crossing guard
  • Do not pass a vehicle stopped for a pedestrian
  • Obey all traffic signals
  • If you see a "Stop Here for Pedestrians" sign, slow down and prepare to stop. If there are pedestrians waiting at or approaching the intersection, stop at the sign and allow them to cross. If there are no pedestrians waiting at or approaching the intersection you do not have to stop and can continue driving

Special Crosswalk Projects in Burnsville

Flashing lights can make people nervous; red lights can be frustrating; but flashing lights and red lights together can get the attention of drivers -- and that is exactly what is needed to keep walkers and bikers safe on City streets.

To help enhance pedestrian safety, the City of Burnsville, along with partners at Dakota County, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Independent School District 196 and Fairview Ridges Hospital, is installing new crosswalk technology at major areas of concern.

New crosswalks at Highway 13 and County Road 11Highway 13 and County Road 11
Crosswalks enhancements for pedestrians with disabilities
MnDOT explored a range of ideas to help make the crossing safer at this busy intersection. After evaluating for effectiveness, cost, traffic operations and maintenance issues, MnDOT came up with a creative, not-so-typical design that could be completed quickly to improve safety without rebuilding the entire intersection.

New crosswalks on Highway 13 at Cliff Road and County Road 11 now include:
  • Push-button activated pedestrian crossing signs, with borders that illuminate and flash LED lights to make it easier for drivers to see when a pedestrian is attempting to cross their lane of traffic
  • A crosswalk assistance system that is fully equipped with audio
  • Re-alignment of truncated domes (nubs that protrude from the concrete that mark the edge of the sidewalk) to provide direction for blind pedestrians to cross in a straight line

Nicollet Boulevard/Fairview Hospital
Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons (RRFB)
Flashing amber beacons will light up the roadway day and night as Fairview Hospital staff and others cross Nicollet Boulevard. RRFB are user-activated LEDs that supplement warning signs at pedestrian crossings.

At the RRFB site, the push of a button starts an irregular flash pattern (similar to emergency flashers on police vehicles) to get drivers’ attention. In-pavement lighting will also light up two crosswalks at the street level. RRFB are solar powered and activated with one button push.

HAWK systemCounty Road 11 at 140th Street/Evergreen Drive
High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK)
Motorists will need to watch for pedestrians like a “HAWK” at a new crosswalk being installed this summer on County Road 11 at 140th Street/Evergreen Drive near Echo Park Elementary.

The HAWK system works similar to a button-activated traffic signal. When a pedestrian pushes the button, a yellow beacon will flash for a few seconds, followed by a steady yellow light and finally, a steady red light. After the pedestrian crosses, the red light will begin to flash letting drivers know they can begin moving once the pedestrian has cleared their lane. The biggest benefit is that the HAWK system remains dark for traffic unless a pedestrian activates the push button.

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