Traverse City Stop for Pedestrians

Traverse City Stops for Pedestrians

In 2011, the City passed a Local Ordinance that requires drivers to stop for pedestrians in marked and posted crosswalks. In 2012, City Staff formed a committee to establish a process to work toward implementation. A public education campaign was launched in 2014 and enforcement implemented. 

The City has signed pedestrian crossings throughout the Downtown area and beyond. Pedestrian actuated Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons (RRFB) are located along E. Eighth Street and most recently, installed at the TART crossing on Woodmere Avenue.

A HAWK signal (High-Intensity Activated crossWalK) is a traffic control device used to stop road traffic and allow pedestrians to cross safely. The purpose of a HAWK signal is to allow a protected pedestrian crossings, stopping vehicular traffic only as needed. The HAWK beacon is a type of traffic control alternative to traffic control signals and/or where an intersection does not meet traffic signal warrants. With full support of the City, MDOT installed HAWK signals along the Grandview Parkway in 2019.

Keep an eye out for these crossing and stop for pedestrians for the safety of all in or community!