Pedestrian Crossing Law and Legal Definition

Pedestrian Crossing refers to a point on a road that facilitates pedestrians in the crossing of the road. Pedestrian crossing is also known as crosswalk. Generally, pedestrian crossings are found at intersection or near a traffic signal. They may be also located at other points on busy roads. Pedestrian crossing gives priority to pedestrians wishing to cross a road and also to persons assisting pedestrians In the U.S., pedestrian crossings are marked with white stripes. Pedestrian crossings are also known as mid-block crossings and include additional regulatory signage such as “PED XING” for pedestrian crossing, stop or yield signs and flashing yellow beacons. At a pedestrian crossing, all the pedestrians intending to cross can gather so that motorists will notice them quickly. Such crossings are generally installed at crowded areas like in front of schools or shopping malls.

The following is an example of a caselaw defining pedestrain crossing:

Pedestrian crossing is defined as the area included within the prolongation of the lateral boundary lines of the adjacent sidewalks at the end of a block. [Whitting v. Doxey, 217 Va. 482, 483 (Va. 1976)].