Pedestrian safety is of prime importance when a community is encouraging walking as a means of recreation and transportation. Nowhere is the potential greater for conflict than when pedestrians cross streets.
Safe pedestrian crossings are dependent on many variables. Motorists must know and obey the vehicle laws which require them to yield to pedestrians at marked and unmarked crossing locations. Education of pedestrians regarding safety near traffic and at crossings is also important. Pedestrians must use crosswalks when they are provided.
To facilitate installation of new marked and signed pedestrian crossings the City of Columbia follows the guidelines in the current version of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTDC).