Hamann offers a fix to the legal loophole in crosswalk laws

Published on November 28, 2023

Portrait of Cara Hamann of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health
Cara Hamann

There is a glaring gap in crosswalk laws in the United States, but this loophole is often unknown, so little is being done to fix it. Crosswalk laws often give legal protections only to “pedestrians” – people on foot. Cyclists aren’t protected. Nor are people using wheelchairs, scooters or other personal conveyances. … But it doesn’t have to be this way. There is a simple and straightforward fix to the legal loophole in crosswalk laws.
Read the full op-ed in USA Today

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