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Crosswalks could slow speeding on east Palmetto Park Road

If you’re getting out and about again, there are now five crosswalks along Palmetto Park Road downtown.

The city installed them from Federal Highway east to the bridge over the Intracoastal. There’s also a crosswalk at First Street and Mizner.

“Our vibrant Downtown is seeing an increase in pedestrian traffic as people walk to and from the beach, to restaurants, shops and parks,” according to the city.

“For drivers, that means stopping when the crosswalks are flashing or pedestrians are crossing. For pedestrians, that means using the signal buttons at designated crosswalks only and waiting for cars to slow and stop before crossing. Drivers should expect frequent stops, be aware of pedestrians crossings, and pay attention to flashing yellow signs on the sides of the roadway.”

The city’s new video, “Heads Up Boca” is a guide for motorists and pedestrians on how to use the flashing yellow signs for safety. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lojAjobTQik

There are legal rules of the road for both drivers and walkers/runners at the crossings. Drivers are urged not to speed. Be prepared to make frequent stops. Or drive through a crosswalk when signs are flashing. Pedestrians are asked not to cross Palmetto Park Road except at the crosswalks. “If you jaywalk, you can get hurt,” the YouTube messaging warns.

Mayor Scott Singer also announced that Boca Raton police have increased monitoring speeders downtown as part of his report at the April 13 city council meeting April 13.

 

 

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