At the corner of Schaumburg and Barrington Roads in Schaumburg, Illinois, sits an unmarked crosswalk. Can you see it? There are no pedestrian signals here, so follow the signals for cars. Good luck.
I posted my “Can we cross Belmont Avenue?” story in full to EveryBlock to get some reactions from neighbors who would be familiar with that specific crossing. As I suspected, there would be confusion about what the laws in Illinois say about the required behaviors of drivers when they encounter people trying to cross the street.
From Active Transportation Alliance promotional materials (pdf), it says,
As of 2010, Illinois drivers must come to a complete stop for pedestrians in all crosswalks. Previous law required them to yield and stop when necessary.
So what constitutes a crosswalk? Does there have to be paint on the ground from curb to curb? The answer is simply no. The legal definition of a crosswalk in Illinois may be confusing on the first read, but it introduces the concept of the “unmarked crosswalk”. The same promotional materials from Active Transportation Alliance, a leading proponent of the law, HB43, say “a crosswalk is present whenever a sidewalk leads into the street”. There doesn’t even need to be a sidewalk on the opposite side of the street.
Just for fun, here’s the least useful crosswalk I’ve seen in Chicago.
Read some research on the effects of marked and unmarked crosswalk, from 2005 on the Federal Highway Administration’s website (FHWA).
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Friends of the Lakefront Trail visioning workshop (north side)
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9th Annual Bike the Boulevard event with 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas
From 9:00 AM
To 2:00 PM
Info Grant permission to Alderman George A. Cardenas, 2458 West 38th Street, to close traffic on South Western Boulevard, beginning at 4555 South Western Boulevard (Home Depot), proceeding North-bound on Western Boulevard, continuing onto the boulevard system, crossing California Avenue, untilWest 24th Street, stopping at the parking lot of Spry School,2400 South Marshall.Boulevard, and ending at 4555 South Western Boulevard (Home Depot), for the 9th Annual Bike the Boulevard Event on Saturday, June 30,2012, from 9:00 am to 2:00pm.
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