Walk the Line, the Sidewalk Line

Did you know there is an imaginary line across most roads? Some lines have paint near them to help you see where to walk. Others have nothing – just an line from where the sidewalk ends to where it picks up again (or where it should pick up again) on the other side.  It’s true, check out the law.

Unmarked Crosswalk Section 340.01(10) Wis. Stats.:

(b) Unmarked crosswalk. In the absence of signs, lines or markings, that part of a roadway, at an intersection, which is included within the transverse lines which would be formed on such roadway by connecting the corresponding lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of such roadway or, in the absence of a corresponding sidewalk on one side of the roadway, that part of such roadway which is included within the extension of the lateral lines of the
existing sidewalk across such roadway at right angles to the center line thereof, except in no case does an unmarked crosswalk include any part of the intersection and in no case is there an unmarked crosswalk across a street at an intersection of such street with an alley.

Crossing at a place other than a crosswalk Section 346.25 Wis. Stats.:

Every pedestrian, bicyclist, or rider of an electric personal assistive mobility device crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked or unmarked crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

It’s summertime and we have visitors from most every other state.  Just last week we saw a car with a Rhode Island license plate.  My wife actually saw a vehicle with an Alaska plate not too long ago.  Anyway, please make yourself familiar with our pedestrian laws.  It is important to yield to pedestrians.  It only takes a few seconds – it won’t make you late.  A little courtesy will make someone else’s day!