On Demand Crosswalks At Most Schools

By: Belinda Post
By: Belinda Post

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Wichita Drivers no longer have to slow to 20 miles an hour in a school zone. It's all because of the city's relatively new on demand crosswalks.

For the most part, drivers only decrease their speed when someone is in a school's crosswalk.

Over the past year 99 crosswalks have made the switch to crosswalks that flash lights with the push of a button. The button triggers a flashing yellow light and changes the traffic light from green to red, signaling for cars to stop.

City engineers say they've made the switch because on-demand crosswalks are safer for children and pedestrians, because they more effectively alert drivers.

Also, the new crosswalks are more efficient. In an on demand crosswalk a driver does not have to slow down when no one is crossing the street.

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