What is a crosswalk?
A crosswalk is any portion of the road outlined with white paint, or created by reflective pavement markings or a different texture of concrete like brick pavers. These markings identify the portion of the road that is designated for pedestrian travel and define a "marked" crosswalk.
Legal pedestrian crossings exist at every intersection, whether the crosswalk is marked or not.
Why use a crosswalk?
A crosswalk is the preferred, and safest, crossing location for pedestrians, particularly if the crosswalk is enhanced by a traffic signal. But using a crosswalk does not relieve pedestrians from using due care for their own safety.
What is a driver's legal obligation to pedestrians in crosswalks in Washington State?
The law in Washington State places a legal obligation on drivers to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Some states require a driver only to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. In Washington State, drivers must come to a complete stop.
Washington State's crosswalk law (RCW 46.61.235) says:
1. Drivers must stop if a pedestrian is in their half of the roadway:
2. Drivers must stop if a pedestrian is within one lane of their half of the roadway:
3. Once the pedestrian is beyond one lane of their half of the roadway, drivers may go:
It is important to note again that ALL INTERSECTIONS ARE LEGAL CROSSINGS FOR PEDESTRIANS whether they are marked with crosswalk markings, or not.
What is a mid-block crosswalk?
A mid-block crosswalk is a crossing marked at an uncontrolled location (without a traffic signal or a stop sign). A mid-block crossing may be installed when there is a high volume of pedestrian traffic, or if the distance between intersections is substantial. Mid-block crosswalks are designed to discourage pedestrians from making random crossings by confining them to a preferred location where they can be seen by motorists and where they can cross most safely with the flow of vehicular traffic.
How can I request a marked crosswalk?
The decision to install or not install a marked crosswalk is taken very seriously. Crosswalks are not marked unless anticipated benefits clearly outweigh the risks. When a request comes into the City for a marked crosswalk, the location will be reviewed when one or more of the following conditions are present:
In general, the City of Redmond marks crosswalks under limited conditions, considering such factors as pedestrian volume, traffic volume, traffic speed, and roadway configuration.
- The location has not been reviewed within the last three years
- Staff suspects that a reasonable person would have difficulty determining an appropriate crossing location
- A reasonable person would not expect to encounter pedestrians at the location
If you would like the City to consider a marked crosswalk at a specific location, you can submit your request via email to Crosswalk Request.