Eden Prairie, Minn.
— At the July 17, 2012, meeting of the Eden Prairie City Council, a new policy was adopted to allow for the temporary installation of in-street pedestrian crossing signs at designated locations throughout the City.
“Each year, the City receives a number of complaints regarding the failure of drivers to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians,” said City Manager Rick Getschow
. “These new signs will be used to raise awareness and remind the public of state laws which require drivers to stop for pedestrians in marked and unmarked crosswalks.”
The signs are currently installed on Dell Road
at the Regional Trail Crossing, on 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.
“Now that school is back in session, it is especially important for drivers to be mindful of crosswalk safety,” said Police Sergeant Tom Lowery
. “For that reason, the Police Department will be adding enhanced crosswalk enforcement during the month of September.”
State law also puts responsibilities on pedestrians and bicyclists when it comes to protecting their own safety as they navigate through crosswalks.
“Pedestrians and bicyclists must be mindful that they cannot always be seen, and they should not enter a crosswalk when it isn’t possible for a driver to safely yield to them,” said Lowery. “The best way to navigate a street crossing is to make eye contact with motorists before entering the crosswalk.”
for a list of these and other important safety reminders for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
The City of Eden Prairie is a vibrant community of more than 60,000 residents located just southwest of Minneapolis. Eden Prairie has been nationally recognized as a great place to live, work and raise a family. Since 2006, Eden Prairie has been listed among MONEY Magazine’s 100 “Best Places to Live” in America, and in 2010 topped MONEY’s list as the Best Place to Live in America.