Pedestrian Safety – Walking Safely in the City of Ann Arbor
When using an activated crosswalk please remember these tips:
- Push the button before you step off the curb and proceed into the crosswalk.
- Every student should push the button prior to crossing as this restarts the flasher sequence.
- Most flashers operate for about 30 seconds on four lane roads, a bit shorter on two lane roads.
- Wait to ensure cars have stopped before stepping off the curb and crossing.
General Tips on Walking Safety
- Cross at the crosswalk.Ann Arbor's crosswalk ordinance requires that motorists stop for pedestrians at or in crosswalks, but only at crosswalks.
- Look both ways before entering the street.
- Use the signals.Traffic signals are there to help pedestrians communicate with drivers. In Ann Arbor's downtown, all traffic signals include a pedestrian crossing interval in each signal cycle. Outside the downtown area, some signals have a pedestrian call button which, when pressed, adds a pedestrian crossing interval.
- Take refuge. Some crosswalks have a pedestrian refuge island in the street. Cross easily and safely, one side of traffic at a time.
- Be visible.In the dark, wear light-colored clothing and reflective gear to ensure your visibility.
- Report sidewalks that aren't treated or plowed.Sidewalks should be treated for ice or plowed of snow in a timely fashion. You can report untreated sidewalks by using A2 Fix It or calling City of Ann Arbor Community Standards at 734.794.6942.