A proposed ordinance to improve pedestrian and driver safety and ensure the free flow of traffic was introduced at City Council’s work session on Monday, January 9, 2017.
The proposed Median Access Act would define areas where pedestrians are not allowed to occupy medians.
Signage would be posted on medians that:
- are located on roadways with a speed limit of 30 mph or higher and
- are located on higher volume roadways such as freeways, expressways, parkways, principal arterial or minor arterial (as defined by the Colorado Springs Major Thoroughfare Plan) and
- that are not flat and
- are not at least four feet in diameter.
The City has heard an overwhelming concern from drivers about the safety of pedestrians standing on narrow or sloped medians and the distraction and safety concern they pose to passing traffic. That, along with input from our public safety professionals, was the driving factor behind this effort.
The City has worked with Colorado Springs police, traffic engineering and City Council to develop this ordinance. Early public response has been overwhelmingly positive.
The proposed ordinance will be presented at City Council's Regular Meeting on January 24.