Crosswalk Safety

The Minnesota State Statute for crosswalks is as follows:

The driver of a vehicle shall stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk. The driver must remain stopped until the pedestrian has passed the lane in which the vehicle is stopped. 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.

There are numerous crosswalks located throughout the City. Please use caution when driving, biking, or walking at crosswalks. The best practice is for vehicles to yield to pedestrians so they may cross at a crosswalk, but pedestrians should always be alert and ready in case a vehicle does not stop.

The City recently installed a rapid flashing lighted crosswalk at the intersection of Eli Road and Desoto Street where children cross the street to get to and from Little Canada Elementary School. The lights are push button activated and remain blinking for 30 seconds. Two more sets of rapid flashing crosswalks are scheduled to be installed on Little Canada Road. One will be at the intersection with McMenemy Street and the other is at the mid-block crosswalk from St. John’s Church to the parking lot on the north side of Little Canada Road. There are no plans to install rapid flashing crosswalks anywhere else in the City. These three are unique due to the school in the case of Eli Road and the high number of vehicles combined with some difficult curves on Little Canada Road.

 
   
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