pedestrian is a man in danger of his life. A walker
is a man in possession of his soul."
And assert your right to cross in the crosswalk.
Don't get yourself run over, but most people are aware they
must yield to pedestrians in marked crosswalks at the least.
With Iowa City having so many crosswalks unmarked can cause
confusion as to what a crosswalk actually is. Every grade
crossing intersection contains legal crosswalks even if they
are not marked as such—and you do have
the right of way.
Catch the driver's eye and proceed into the intersection,
providing the driver has reasonable time to stop. When crossing
a multilane street, ensure that cars in both lanes will stop.
Cycling helps pedestrianism
by slowing traffic down on the street. But this only works,
obviously, if you aren't cycling on the sidewalk—a
place no adult cyclists belongs! More bicycles on the streets
increases bicycle safety and increases pedestrian safety.
Don't forget to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
Participate in Iowa City's Critical Mass bike ride
the last Friday of every month meeting at the Pedestrian Mall
at Washington Street. Critical Mass is a great way to get
comfortable riding on the street with other cyclists.
Report drivers who don't respect your right to cross in legal
crosswalks. This has previously not been successful in Iowa
City but press your case. Unlike any other crime about which
you might report to the ICPD, a violation by a driver is considered
hearsay when it is reported by a citizen. Call 911 regardless.
When you are told that the ICPD will not respond in any way,
Chief Sam Hargadine by email! If there is a problem with
speeding in your neighborhood you should also email Chief
Hargadine. Don't take "no" for an answer.
You have a right to expect the ICPD to enforce the law. If
you don't get an appropriate response, contact
your city councilperson.
If your right to cross legally is violated by an organization-
or corporation-owned vehicle, call them! Look that company
name up in the phone directory. CAMBUS and Iowa City Transit
want to hear if their drivers are operating in an unsafe manner.
Many of IC Transit's busses have video cameras that can confirm
an operator's behavior.
if you see drivers speeding, running red lights, or failing
to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
Iowa City Transit ditto above.
University of Iowa Motor Pool
Frequently some of the worst offenders on campus are UI employees
using state and university vehicles. Get that license number
and e-mail the office with details. Improper use of these
vehicles is not only dangerous to pedestrians but is a potential
liability risk to our self-insured University of Iowa.
Demand the Iowa City Police Department enforce
speed limits in your neighborhood. Demand the same from the
University of Iowa Police to increase the level of traffic
enforcement on campus streets.
ICPD Chief Sam Hargadine
UI Assistant Vice President (head of Public Safety Department)
Demand the Iowa City Transportation Planning
Department mark and sign crosswalks in your neighborhood and
on campus; report faded markings. Ask for pedestrian signs
that remind drivers that yielding to pedestrian is our law
in Iowa. Email
John Yapp (head of Transportation Planning for Iowa City)
Davidson (head of Community Development in Iowa City).
your Iowa City City Council and let them know you want
improved signage and markings for crosswalk in your neighborhood
and increased traffic enforcement by the ICPD.
Pledge to Drive the
Speed Limit or Lower
Pledge to drive the speed limit
or lower in your neighborhood and while driving in anyone
else's neighborhood. Be your own neighborhood
pace car. Remember, it's the speed limit, not the minimum.
the upcoming Iowa City City Council elections newcomer Mike
Wright is a candidate for City Council who will
support pedestrian and cyclist rights! Mike will support improved
infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists along with increased
law enforcement toward drivers to make non-motorized transportation
safer and more feasible.Vote November 6!
PedzIC will soon be staging
a pedestrian action. If you're interested in being a part
of a future protest, email Donald
Baxter, PedzIC webmaster. If you have ideas
that might fit well with this website please let me know.