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Practice manual on pedestrian crossings

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1/ Foreword

BRRC’s practice manual on pedestrian crossings (available in French and in Dutch) aims to guide and advise road managers, designers and contractors in the provision and actual construction of pedestrian crossings.
It will be compiled gradually from thematic sheets dealing with different relevant issues (regulations, siting criteria, signing and marking, speed limits, accessibility, lighting, etc.). The reader will discover that is richly illustrated with cases regularly encountered in field practice.
This work is based not only on an analysis of specialized literature and on the expertise of our specialists in the different relevant topic areas, but also on field analyses and on information gathered from road designers, managers and users.
Furthermore, we direct our readers to other existing sources of information to complement our comments or to perfect their knowledge. To start with, Minister Durant’s circular on the creation of pedestrian crossings is presented at the end of sheet 1 on Regulations.

2/ Pedestrian crossings

Passenger crossings should be provided where their presence helps to improve safety. The safety of pedestrians crossing the carriageway is vital, but it should be borne in mind that in practice pedestrian crossings alone will never offer total physical safety as expected.
However, they have the advantage:

  • of giving pedestrians right-of-way when crossing the road (under the conditions stipulated by law);
  • of attracting drivers’ attention;
  • of being simple and easy to create.

The public often calls for pedestrian crossings to increase safety, but care should be taken to avoid creating situations giving a “false feeling of safety”. In this respect, it is advisable to reserve pedestrian crossings for places frequently used by pedestrians, where motorists travel at reduced speed and mutual visibility between vulnerable and motorized road users is guaranteed. Regulations for the siting of crossings are detailed in this manual.
Of course, pedestrian crossings should be incorporated in a consistent and continuous pedestrian route that is accessible to all.

3/ Modular structure

Through our sheets, we specifically analyse different situations met in practice and the expedience of installing a pedestrian crossing or not, depending on the regulations in force and the local layout. In this respect, a thematic sheet dealing with siting criteria describes the various considerations to be addressed when placing or relocating a pedestrian crossing. Other sheets discuss the road marks and traffic signs to be provided, traffic signals, the provisions to be made depending on authorized and/or travel speed, persons with impaired mobility, the measures to be taken when crossing tramlines or cycle tracks, footway extensions, etc.

4/ Provisional list of subjects of thematic sheets

0.  Introduction
1.  Regulations
2.  Siting criteria
3.  Siting at junctions
4.  Road marking
5.  Traffic signing
6.  Signal-controlled pedestrian crossings
7.  Pedestrian crossing layouts for various speed limits
8.  Specific crossings (tramline, cycle track)
9.  Lighting
10.  Pedestrian crossings suited to persons with impaired mobility
11.  Footway extensions

Note: this document exists only in French and Dutch and in digital format. It can be downloaded free of charge after registration