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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
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.
Highway 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.
County 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.
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.
HAWK Safety Pedestrian Signal video
Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety:
Bike and Pedestrian Safety
City of Burnsville
Minnesota 100 Civic Center Pkwy Burnsville, MN 55337
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