The crosswalk project began as an effort to narrow and realign traffic lanes on 11th Street in order to slow drivers. Envision Downtown was also “able to include this more visual piece for pedestrians to make sure they know it’s a priority,” Luther said. That includes painting four new crosswalks, green buffer lanes in the intersection for cyclists and a median on 11th Street.
The vivid designs are meant to send the message to drivers: Pedestrians and cyclists use these streets. Pay attention and give them space. Painted curb cuts give pedestrians more room to stand and shorten the distance to cross. Overall, the markings clearly indicate where there’s space for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.