High visibility crosswalks typically consist of two stripes defining the width of a crosswalk with perpendicular ladder markings along its length. These facilities are considered “highly visible” because they guide pedestrians and can have up to double the detection distance (for drivers approaching the crosswalk) as compared to a standard crosswalk.
•Enhanced bike and pedestrian safety.
•Improved driver awareness.
•More expense to install and maintain as compared to a traditional crosswalk.
•Can lose enhanced effectiveness if used too often.
•Can become slick when wet. May give non-auto users a false sense of safety.
•Does not necessarily result in a change in driver behavior.