Kimball Elementary – Great School Crosswalk Example

This crosswalk at the entrance to Kimball Elementary School in National City has a lot of elements that make it great.

  • Marked (painted) crosswalk – many crossings don’t have even the basic painted lines that indicate pedestrians will likely be present and crossing
  • Raised crosswalk with additional markings – The raised crosswalk functions as a speed bump, reducing through traffic speed, and on the raised portion includes additional markings to highlight the presence of a painted crosswalk.
  • Bike lanes – reduces the vehicle lane width, and creates a space for kids arriving at the school or riders passing through
  • Extended parkway – Street parking has been removed adjacent to the crossing and replaced with trees and grass. The reduced width reduces through speeds, and the removal of parked vehicles increases visibility – particularly important for children that are generally shorter in stature.

Would love to see the sort of improvements present at this intersection become a standard at all schools in the area. Nice work, National City.

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John P Anderson

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