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Kalamazoo Reboots Campaign To Mark Crosswalks For Safety

The picture shows a faded asphalt road with two small posts on either side, with a symbol of a stop sign and a pedestrian, reminding drivers to stop for the crosswalk. In the background are a row of older houses, a shop, trees and blue sky.
Sehvilla Mann

The City of Kalamazoo is reviving an effort to make crosswalks safer. It’s replacing flexible posts in the crossings that tell drivers to stop for walkers, as required by city code.

Kalamazoo first installed markers in the road last year but many lay in pieces by the spring. Assistant City Engineer Anthony Ladd says he expected some attrition.

“The hope is that over time driver behavior will adjust to the ordinance, to these signs, so that the road is safer for everyone,” Ladd told WMUK.

He added that the signs are meant to catch distracted drivers’ attention.

“If a sign is hit, maybe that would be a word of caution or a prevention from a pedestrian being hit in the future,” he said.

The signs are part of a years-long effort to make Kalamazoo’s streets friendlier to non-motor users.

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.
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