E-DEMOCRACY | St Paul launch of statewide pedestrian safety campaign on Tuesday

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From: Samantha Henningson Date: Sep 19 15:27 UTC

On September 25, MNDOT is holding events in five cities across the state to launch a campaign that educates pedestrians and motorists about their rights and responsibilities. A subset of MNDOT’s “Share the Road” campaign, this campaign’s tagline is “pedestrian safety is a two-way street.” I would appreciate it if you could share this information with any groups you’re part of, neighbors, as well as be involved directly if you feel so moved.

This education campaign is one of the “three E’s” of pedestrian safety — education, enforcement, and engineering. We need strong efforts in all three areas for Saint Paul to be a safe, walkable city. Pedestrian safety is crucial to the success of business districts, the health of residents and employees, and overall public safety.

There are a couple different options for involvement:

1) Volunteer on September 25. Help bring awareness to the issue of pedestrian safety. People can contact me at samantha.henningson(at)ci.stpaul.mn.us if interested in volunteering for an hour or more from 3-6pm on September 25 at 7th and Kellogg downtown Saint Paul. Volunteering would involve wearing a tshirt or vest that MNDOT will provide, and carrying a banner across that intersection in the crosswalk (with the light!), or distributing brochures to pedestrians passing by.

Several people have asked me if neighborhood events could be hosted on the 25th outside of downtown. While banners and materials will be available from MNDOT after the 25th for community use, we want to focus energy and attention on single larger events, with the hope of getting signficant media coverage.

2) Inform. Help share the campaign information through whatever means you deem appropriate — help inform community members starting on September 25 and on an ongoing basis. October is the deadliest month for pedestrians, so fall is a good time to get this information out, as is spring when people are out and about more.

More information on the campaign, the crosswalk law, and pedestrian crash statistics here: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/sharetheroad/ped/resources.html

If you have questions about the event, contact me at samantha.henningson(at)ci.stpaul.mn.us .

Best, Samantha

From: Neala Schleuning Date: Sep 20 18:36 UTC

I saw the yellow signs down the middle of the street about stopping at crosswalks this morning along Dale between Summit and Selby. Confusion already! Some of the signs were placed in places where there was NO crosswalk! Suggestion: need one near Day by Day on West 7th.

From: Shannon O’Toole Date: Sep 20 18:58 UTC

Crosswalks need not be marked as such under the law. The law refers to “a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk.”. Minnesota statutes section 169.21 subd. 2

From: Neala Schleuning Date: Sep 20 23:39 UTC

Ahhh. I don’t think drivers know this about either situation.

From: S Mason Date: Sep 25 20:01 UTC

Confusion no more: motorists are supposed to stop for pedestrians at all intersections, whether crosswalks are painted or not painted.

Now, the streets don’t align perfectly between Summit and Selby, as there are 4 on the East side of Dale and 5 on the West side of Dale, but the ones that are most out-of-alignment (Holly, Ashland) are painted.

The Minnesota Crosswalk Law: Key Elements

Where traffic control signals are not in place or in operation, a driver must stop for a pedestrian crossing within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk. A vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk can proceed once the pedestrian has completely crossed the lane in front of the stopped vehicle.

A pedestrian must not enter a crosswalk if a vehicle is approaching. There is no defined distance that a pedestrian must abide by before entering the crosswalk, but common sense should prevail. The law states: “No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.”

When a vehicle is stopped at an intersection to allow pedestrians to cross the roadway, drivers of other vehicles approaching from the rear must not pass the other vehicle.

It’s unlawful for the driver of a motor vehicle to proceed through a group of school children crossing a street or highway, or past a member of a school safety patrol or adult crossing guard who is directing children across the roadway and who is holding an official signal in the stop position.

Failure to obey the law is a misdemeanor. A second violation within one year is a gross misdemeanor.

Cities can designate crosswalks for longer illumination of “Walk” “Don’t Walk” signal lights. Intersections where there is a high concentration of pedestrians, senior citizens, school children, etc., qualify for such designation. District councils, community clubs, or other organizations can petition their city councils to designate these crosswalks.

Minnesota Statutes 1999, Chapter 169.21 – Pedestrian Law

From: Jack Ferman Date: Sep 25 20:33 UTC

With respect to the walk/no walk signals, some are so short only a sprinter couldmake it across.

Sent from my iPad John Ferman Kingfield Neighborhood Minneapolis, MN

From: Jim Mork Date: Sep 26 21:42 UTC

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is saying over all fatalities are up from the previous two years. Not sure how much of the rate increase is pedestrians, but at least this shows it isn’t an isolated phenomenon. Some pretty bad driving going on.

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