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Raised Pedestrian Crossings

Raised pedestrian crossings – also known as 0-grade crosswalks – provide a designated route across vehicular roadways where the pedestrian walking surface is raised above the surface of the roadway. The surface of the pedestrian walkway is at the same level, or close to the same level, as the sidewalks that provide access to the pedestrian crossing. As such, pedestrians can cross the roadway without encountering curb ramps. As vehicles have to “bump over” a raised pedestrian crossing, such crossings can act as traffic calming devices.

Raised pedestrian crossing at a mid-block crossing.

A raised pedestrian crossing can be used at mid-block crossings and intersections. If used at intersections, the vehicular roadway is typically raised throughout the entire intersection.

Raised pedestrian crossings at an intersection.
A good example of a raised intersection with accessible pedestrian signals and attention TWSI’s. The top of the bollard is cut to indicate the direction of crossing.

As with any pedestrian crossing, the safe walking route across the vehicular roadway must be clearly delineated on the road surface using pavement markings, such as high-contrast dashed lines or striping. It’s also critical to use an attention TWSI across the entire width of the pedestrian entry points onto the crossing. This will ensure that people with vision loss can identify the transition from the sidewalk to the pedestrian crossing. Where these traffic structures are deployed, marked bollards can serve to orient pedestrians with vision loss as to the safest line of travel across an intersection. Further information can be found in the section on tactile walking surface indicators.

Ensure to provide line markings on the road surface to identify where vehicles should stop when the pedestrian crossing is being used.