Have you noticed new signs near crosswalks lately in Eden Prairie? In an effort to raise awareness about safety in crosswalks, the City has installed temporary in-street pedestrian crossing signs at several locations throughout the community including: Dell Road at the Regional Trail Crossing, Technology Drive at the crosswalk just west of Purgatory Creek and on Anderson Lakes Parkway at the crosswalk on the west side of Franlo Road. They will remain in these locations until the week of Sept. 10, when they will be moved to new locations for a period of two weeks.
Each year in Minnesota, approximately 30 pedestrians and 10 bicyclists are killed as a result of collisions with motor vehicles. It’s important that both drivers and pedestrians are aware of the laws governing crosswalks.
Motorists must treat every corner and intersection as a crosswalk, whether it’s marked or unmarked, and drivers must stop for crossing pedestrians. Minnesota law states pedestrians must obey traffic control devices, and when no traffic control device is present, motorists must stop for crossing pedestrians within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk. The best way for pedestrians to navigate a street crossing is to make eye contact with motorist before entering the crosswalk.
Watch for EPPD officers during the month of September as they provide enhanced crosswalk enforcement.