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With the introduction of mini roundabouts on San Francisco Blvd, there have been many questions about crosswalk laws in general. The offset crosswalks at the roundabout are the intersection’s marked crosswalks and crossing is not permitted through the middle of roundabout intersections.
We want to take an extra minute to remind our community of the laws that pertain to crosswalks in general. We are dedicated to making our city a safe place to walk, ride and drive, and we need your help to accomplish that mission.
Below are laws related to pedestrians as listed in the 2019 California Vehicle Code. The information is a good reminder that both drivers and pedestrians have responsibilities and need to pay careful attention.
21950 VC - Right-of-Way at Crosswalks(a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.(b) This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.(c) The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.(d) Subdivision (b) does not relieve a driver of a vehicle from the duty of exercising due care for the safety of any pedestrian within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.21951 VC - Vehicles Stopped for PedestriansWhenever any vehicle has stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.21954 VC - Pedestrians Outside Crosswalks(a) Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard.(b) The provisions of this section shall not relieve the driver of a vehicle from the duty to exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian upon a roadway.21955 VC - Crossing Between Controlled IntersectionsBetween adjacent intersections controlled by traffic control signal devices or by police officers, pedestrians shall not cross the roadway at any place except in a crosswalk.21456 VC - Walk, Wait, or Don't WalkWhenever a pedestrian control signal showing the words "WALK" or "WAIT" or "DON’T WALK" or other approved symbol is in place, the signal shall indicate as follows:(a) "WALK" or approved "Walking Person" symbol. A pedestrian facing the signal may proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal, but shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles lawfully within the intersection at the time that signal is first shown.(b) Flashing or steady "DON’T WALK" or "WAIT" or approved "Upraised Hand" symbol. No pedestrian shall start to cross the roadway in the direction of the signal, but any pedestrian who has partially completed crossing shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety zone or otherwise leave the roadway while the "WAIT" or "DON’T WALK" or approved "Upraised Hand" symbol is showing.Remember:
If you drive a vehicle, take a few extra seconds and allow pedestrians to safely cross the street.
If you are a pedestrian, do your part and pay attention to the traffic. If in doubt just wait, and cross when safe.
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