RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond has started installing new “Stop for Pedestrian” signs at high-incident intersections, per a release from the city’s Department of Public Works.
Some of the signs are on one-way streets and will complement a new double white centerline striping pattern, which intended to prevent motorists from changing lanes where pedestrians may be crossing.
The signs are part of Richmond’s Vision Zero effort to stop accidents, injuries and deaths related to pedestrians crossing the street.
The pedestrian signs serve as a warning and reminder of a recent change in Virginia law: Drivers must stop for pedestrians in all crosswalks on streets with a speed limit of 35 mph and below. Another recently changed law increases the penalties for drivers who injure a pedestrian or bicyclist.
The signs will be placed in locations with the highest rates of incidents involving pedestrians.
Traffic officials say pedestrian fatalities in Richmond rose to 39 percent in 2020. Stoney hopes to bring this number down to zero.
“We have lost too many Richmonders. Too many Richmonders over the last year. I don’t want to lose anymore. That’s the bottom line, and certainly not because a driver can’t wait a few seconds for someone to cross the street,” said Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, who helped install the signs.
The installations are part of the city’s third phase of pedestrian safety improvements. Other projects include new crosswalks, corner clearance markings, larger stop signs, and pedestrian hybrid beacons.
City officials say most of the signs are already up. They hope to install the rest of them over the next couple of weeks.
Over the past several years, $5.8 million has been invested by DPW to make pedestrian safety improvements.
For more information about Richmond’s Department of Public Works, visit this site.
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