Bottom photo courtesy of the City of Minneapolis.
One of the biggest changes in pedestrian infrastructure in Minneapolis this year has been the placement of zebra crosswalks at most intersections across the city. Previously the city of Minneapolis utilized parallel line crossings which had low visibility. Zebra crossings have high visibility and increased amount of material in view, studies proving zebra crossings are more visible at night time making them 40% safer than parallel line crossings. The move to zebra crossings is a huge advancement for pedestrian safety in Minneapolis. Thank you to leadership of current and former City Public Works staff Mackenzie Turner Bargen, Matthew Dyrdahl, Steve Mosing, and the tremendous striping crews who lead and implemented this change!