Why "Daylighting" Crosswalks Improves Pedestrian Safety (Video)


"Daylighting" Crosswalks Saves Lives
Sometimes it’s the tiniest of details that make all the difference when it comes to sustainability – take daylighting for instance. We’re not talking about fancy systems for piping natural sunlight into your house, but rather the idea of removing the last parking space before a crosswalk, with the aim of increasing visibility of pedestrians seeking to cross the road. It is, according to those beautiful people at StreetFilms, one of the most cost effective ways of reducing accidents and improving walkability. Click below the fold for reasons why daylighting improves safety, and for a whole bunch more videos on safe, liveable streets:
- Increased visibility of pedestrians
- Increased visibility of oncoming vehicles
- Cost effective and quick to implement
- Creation of open space for other purposes (landscaping, bike-parking, benches etc.)
- Opportunity to extend curb, making crossing easier

The only drawback, as pointed out by Clarence of StreetFilms, is the name, which means almost nothing to most people. So leave your suggestions for alternatives below, or pop on over to StreetFilms and join the debate there. There’s got to be better options out there than Clarence’s suggestion of the "Pedestrian Peek-a-boo"!

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