"Pop-up" crosswalk installed in Oshkosh to test driver reaction

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY)- A new type of crosswalk is being tested in Oshkosh to see how driver's react.

"Pop-up" crosswalk being tested in Oshkosh in May, 2019 (WBAY photo)

The "pop-up" crosswalk is set up at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Knapp Street, close to Franklin Elementary School.

The changes came after people living nearby voiced concerns over safety.

"When the restaurant is busy and church is busy and there's parking on all sides of the road, it gets congested for kids to see to get across the street and they go excessively fast," said Jackie Steiner of Oshkosh.

That led to a neighborhood group teaming up with Winnebago County's re:Think Coalition to give the crosswalk a pop-up effect with big cones and white tape on the pavement.

"Orange cones let people know for sure, hey, there's an intersection coming up," said Emily Dieringer, re:Think Coalition Coordinator.

She added, "We also have some bump outs, temporary bump outs that are basically extensions of the sidewalk. The sidewalk goes out into the travel lanes a little bit more so it's easier for cars to see people want to cross the road."

The crosswalk is temporary. The goal is to give drivers and pedestrians a chance to test it and see if it makes a difference.

Some say it already has.

"Just seeing them come by, anytime they see a cone they will tap the brakes and slow down quite a bit and then just try and get a sense of what's going on here," said Adam Bellcorelli of Oshkosh.

The pop-up cross walk will remain in place through May 8.

After that, the group will present an analysis of how well it worked to both city staff and the Department of Transportation.



 
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