Painted crosswalks are installed to help guide pedestrians across streets that would otherwise be confusing, complicated or impossible. Crosswalks may give the pedestrian a false measure of confidence and privilege in crossing the street because they are seen as a "shield" from traffic. At every intersection there exists "invisible" crosswalks where pedestrians may cross unless there are signs saying that pedestrians should not cross. Crosswalks do not increase the number of crossing opportunities. Although Oregon law favors pedestrians in many cases, the law stipulates certain rights and responsibilities walkers should adhere to, and should use caution and common sense when crossing the street with traffic present.
If you have a concern about a particular intersection, contact our north or south team of traffic engineers.
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