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Choices for Pedestrian Crossing Signs

Pedestrian crossing signs come in a variety of designs, each intended for specific types of locations.  The three primary options available for public safety use are as follows:

  • Permanently mounted, unenhanced signs
  • Permanently mounted signs with reflectors or flashing LEDs
  • In-street or mobile signs


Permanently mounted, unenhanced signs have been around for decades.  They’re among the most commonly used crossing markings in virtually every community in the United States.  Nearly always colored yellow, they include a graphic of a person crossing the street.  School crossings usually feature a modified graphic showing a pair of individuals crossing a roadway.  Often, the words “school crossing” are also printed on the signage.  Orange, green, and white triangular signs with a red border are also used in some locales.


Enhanced permanent signs are visually very similar to the unenhanced types; however, they feature sections of reflective material embedded in them or flashing LEDs, usually powered by an attached solar power array.  These signs offer greatly enhanced visibility during evening hours or periods of inclement weather, and some of these signs can be recognized by the average motorist from as far as two miles away.


In-street crossing signs perform an important supportive role to traditional signs, which are normally mounted alongside streets.  In-street signage is most frequently used at school crossings, during the times of day when students are arriving or leaving educational facilities.  They may also be used at medical clinics, public events, churches, and other places where crosswalk traffic is particularly high at times.  These signs are now often colors a brighter fluorescent yellow green.


As in-street crossing signs are vulnerable to damage from vehicles, they’re normally used on an as-needed basis.  Sometimes, they’re self-standing.  Other times, they rest inside a base permanently installed within the street itself. Occasionally, in-road signs are permanently mounted in public roadways, particularly in locations where the need for traffic control is especially high.  The MUTCD specifically calls out signs that are able to rebound when impacted by a vehicle.  Check out our website, and browse our assortment of pedestrian crossing signs.