Regulations / Safety Standards_________________________
The Federal and State Government has Safety Standards for the placement of Crosswalks, Wheelchair Curb Cuts, and Utility Posts. However, you don't need to be an Engineer or Roadway Safety Expert to know it is wrong to obstruct the Pedestrian Right of Way, or to build Wheelchair Curb Cuts which encourage Jaywalkers on Busy High Speed Roads.
In February 2002 the FHWA issued a Report Titled: Safety Effects of Marked vs Unmarked Crosswalks at uncontrolled Locations. This Report clearly shows that it is very dangerous to place Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalks on High Traffic, High Speed, Multiple Lane Roads.
IIHS-HlDI May 8th, 2018 Study highlights rising pedestrian deaths, points towards solutions.
The Pedestrian Refuge Island Photos in the below FDOT Report look nothing like the ones they installed on Bee Ridge Road., and around Florida where 130 Pedestrians a year are killed in Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalks / Pedestrian. Refuge Islands.
2019 FDOT Mid-Block Crosswalks
Florida Department of Transportation
2006 FDOT Sponsored Study Prepared by the
Center for Urban Transportation Research.
"While existing evidence is still uncertain in whether placing midblock crosswalks at uncontrolled locations will improve pedestrian safety, the report has incorporated this uncertainty into the guidelines developed. The State Traffic Engineering and Operations Office is in the process of developing guidelines for placing midblock crosswalks at uncontrolled locations for the Traffic Engineering Manual. The results from this report could become an important source of information."
Pedestrian Safety at Midblock Locations
September 2006 Contract Number: BD544-16
FHWA Clear Zone Standards clearly state (see Item 6). "FHWA policy is that utility facilities should be located as close to the right-of-way line as feasible." The center of the sidewalk should be reserved for Pedestrians.
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Traffic Crash Reports
Midblock Crossings - FHWA - US Department of Transportation
Mid-block Crosswalks - National Association of City Transportation
AASHTO Green Book Safety Standards
Building a Safer Mid-Block Crossing – Streetsblog USA
Why Pedestrian Deaths Are At A 30-Year High | WUSF News - Mar 28, 2019
A Study of Fatal Pedestrian Crashes in Florida - FHWA Safety
Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State - Governors Highway Safety
Dangerous crosswalks - Plaintiff Magazine
Mid-block Pedestrian Crossings – Sustainable Development ...
Pedestrian risk analysis at uncontrolled midblock and unsignalised intersections - Volume 5, Issue 2, April 2018, Pages 137-147
The Curb Cut Effect: How Making Public Spaces Accessible to People With Disabilities Helps Everyone - Disability Science Review - Dec 11, 2016
Wikipedia - Curb Cut