December 21, 2011 in Walking
PORTLAND – The City of Portland regularly conducts crosswalk enforcement in problem areas to remind vehicle drivers, including bicyclists, they need to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
The enforcement action involves a decoy pedestrian who attempts to cross the street. A police spotter notifies a police officer when a vehicle driver doesn’t yield and the officer then pulls over the driver and issues a warning or citation.
Tulsa has many places where this kind of enforcement action, if done regularly, could really change driver behavior. Good candidates include areas with large number of pedestrians like the crosswalks near the angled parking on Cherry Street and Brookside.
But it would also be smart to run enforcement operations in locations where pedestrians aren’t the norm, like 71st and Memorial or 15th and Louisville, because these locations can be some of the most dangerous for pedestrians because drivers are not expecting people to be walking in those areas. Drivers need to learn to be aware and yield to pedestrians at all crosswalks.