definition of pedestrian path

The concept of a pedestrian path is one that is applied to the urban road sector in which pedestrians or people on foot can walk freely.

In the same way as many other road elements, the final objective of the pedestrian path is to organize the movement not only of cars but also, and mainly, of pedestrians, giving them a safe space to cross and cross blocks and also forcing to cars and other vehicles to respect it.

The pedestrian path (known in some countries also as a zebra crossing to recall the combination of black and white stripes that characterize the zebra) is a specially designated space on public roads for pedestrians to cross. It is easily recognizable because it is a relatively wide column composed of horizontal white lines through which people are allowed to cross. The name of the zebra crossing is such because in combination with the black asphalt typical of the public thoroughfare, the white stripes are reminiscent of this animal.

If a pedestrian crosses a crosswalk and is hit, the responsibility for the accident falls on the driver

If the collision occurs in an inappropriate place, the responsibility may lie with the pedestrian or the driver, as it depends on the circumstances in which the collision occurred. In short, pedestrians and drivers may have responsibilities in collisions.

Safety measures that every person on foot must respect

When crossing the street, watch the traffic carefully. At the same time, it is necessary to be aware of changes in traffic lights. You have to walk on the sidewalks and only cross the crosswalks.

The highway code indicates that drivers must take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of pedestrians, especially those with reduced mobility, such as young children, the elderly and people with disabilities.

They are always found on the corners of the streets and their main objective is to organize pedestrian traffic as well as protect them from cars that pass through each street or avenue. This is so because cars must always stop behind the pedestrian path at a red traffic light, thus ensuring a comfortable and wide space for people on foot.

They are never in the middle of a street as it is considered highly dangerous for a pedestrian to cross that space instead of corners (the middle of the street is always the space where vehicles accelerate). In many cases, they are also a priority for pedestrians in the event that cars are also allowed to pass (for example, when they turn a corner and there is a pedestrian path on it).