Daily traffic patterns, construction reports, public transportation access and alternative route suggestions are part of a key segment in the local early morning news broadcasts. The local district, county, and state transportation departments notifying drivers of pending road construction, road closures or weekend construction projects by sending emails, eblasts, text messages, and tweets. All of these communication tools assist motorists, commuters, and pedestrians alike.
It is also important for pedestrians to be aware of conditions, and to share information about access routes: road width issues, streets under construction or completely closed to public access, visible yield signs displayed in crosswalks, heavily trafficked intersections featuring traffic signals and/or assisting traffic officers, right turn lanes at intersections, busway routes with opposite traffic flow-patterns within the street, and intersections with curb ramps, or raised medians. View WalkingInfo.org for additional pedestrian-friendly considerations.
Transportation infrastructure improvements are part of a nationwide movement known as Complete Streets. The goal of the movement is to encourage departments of transportation to give consideration to all users of streets, not just motorized automobiles. When investing in transportation infrastructure, Complete Streets represents having the proper pedestrian facilities such as: crosswalks, sidewalks, wide shoulders, bike lanes, bike side paths, and transit stops with shelters, lights, and visible identification markers. Visit PaWalksandBikes.org for further information, or to learn about advocacy programs.