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Post Date:01/20/2020 8:54 AM

Due to its mild climate and relatively flat terrain, Walnut Creek is an ideal place for pedestrians. The City of Walnut Creek has invested significant resources in improving its walking environment, particularly in downtown. There is a well-connected network of safe and comfortable walkways in many of Walnut Creek’s neighborhoods and commercial areas, and residents and visitors enjoy access to a variety of destinations via sidewalks and other pedestrian facilities.

Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School programs across the country educate school-age children and their parents on ways to bike and walk to school safely with practical, hands-on training.

Pedestrian Plans

  • Walnut Creek Pedestrian Master Plan (September 2016)
    The Pedestrian Master Plan (PMP) is the first citywide planning effort focused on making walking in Walnut Creek safer, easier, and more popular. The final plan was adopted by the City Council in September 2016. To download the final plan, please click HERE.

  • Countywide Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan
    In October 2009, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority adopted its first update to the Contra Costa Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The 2009 CBPP addresses a number of changes affecting walking and bicycling in Contra Costa that have taken place since the adoption of the original CBPP in December 2003. The county is currently updating the plan.

  • Olympic Corridor Trail Connector Study
    The Olympic Corridor Trail Connector Study is a planning effort that identified feasible alignments and a preferred alternative for a pedestrian/bicycle facility connecting two well-used, paved, multiuse regional trails in Contra Costa County, the Lafayette-Moraga Trail and the Iron Horse Trail. The study was led by Contra Costa County and included the City of Walnut Creek and city of Lafayette. To download a copy of the Olympic Corridor Preferred Alignment Report, please click HERE.

  • Treat Boulevard/I-680 Bike and Pedestrian Access Study
    The proposed project would provide a plan that identifies improvements to serve bicyclists and pedestrians using the Treat Boulevard/I-680 corridor between the Iron Horse Trail, through the Interstate 680 overcrossing near the Contra Costa Centre/Pleasant Hill BART station area, and extending west to Geary Road/North Main Street in the City of Walnut Creek. The I-680/Treat Boulevard overcrossing is one of the main arteries into the Contra Costa Centre/Pleasant Hill BART station area from areas of Walnut Creek west of the freeway. The study is currently being developed by Contra Costa County in partnership with the City of Walnut Creek.

How Pedestrian Signals Work:

Pedestrian signals consist of illuminated symbols of a walking person (meaning walk) and an upraised hand (meaning don't walk). These symbols also appear with countdown numerical values. The meanings of the indications are as follows:

pedestrian signals

The walking symbol only stays on long enough to let pedestrians know it is safe to start walking across the street. The upraised hand symbol comes on to warn people not to start across if they are still on the curb. If it comes on while you are crossing, continue walking to the other side of the street. The flashing upraised hand symbol is timed (whether it is displayed or not) to allow pedestrians to walk safely across the street.

The continuous upraised hand means DO NOT ENTER THE STREET. If you are crossing the street when it comes on, immediately proceed to the nearest curb or median island.

Press the Button.

The button places a “call” for the electronic signal controller to let it know a pedestrian is waiting. The signal may not change immediately. The call guarantees enough time for a pedestrian to safely cross the street. Pushing the button more than once does not accelerate response. It only registers the first time and remembers it until the walk comes on. Sometimes when the button is pushed there is not enough time for the signal controller to activate the walk phase. You should wait one more cycle for the "walk" sign. If the "walk" sign doesn't come on the second time around the signal is probably not working properly. You must use extreme caution when crossing under these conditions. Please report the problem immediately to our Traffic Maintenance staff or the Police Department.

Do not cross on the green light for vehicles.

If you do not press the button, the walk signal may not come on. However, the green light for traffic will come on. You should not cross without the walk signal. Traffic signals are timed for vehicles which move much faster than pedestrians. The signal may turn red before you get across the street.

Some intersections do not have signal buttons that require pressing, particularly in the downtown area. These locations are pre-timed for pedestrians. The walk signal comes on every time. In other words, the signals will always provide enough time for pedestrians to safely cross the street.

Safety Tips:

  • Cross only at intersections.

  • Make eye contact with drivers before you step in front of their vehicle.

  • Always watch for turning vehicles. Drivers may not see you.

  • Cross quickly and be alert. Minimize your time in the street.

  • Hold small children by the hand when crossing.

  • Signals assign your legal rights in the intersection, however, you must always use caution when crossing the street. Painted lines do not stop cars. Teach your children the rules of the road for their protection and always emphasize safety first. Responsible pedestrians are involved in fewer accidents.

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