What to know when you come to a trail crossing

Fort Wayne Trails has received several complaints, both from trail users and drivers about proper etiquette when the come to a trail crossing a roadway.

Posted: Sep 5, 2019 4:38 PM
Updated: Sep 6, 2019 2:33 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The pufferbelly trails extends from the heart of Fort Wayne to the City’s north side, crossing major roadways along the way.

Some of the places where the trail crosses is causing some problems for cyclists like Marquis Jones, especially the one on Cook Road.

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Jones said "I’ve had a couple of close calls, but that was when I thought there wasn’t something coming and I was going to go across, then I noticed that whoever was coming down the road, even though they had a flashing light too, they weren’t going to slow down."

Everything is clearly marked at the crossing on Cook Road.

Stop signs on both sides for trail users and flashing caution lights and signs for drivers.

The issue? Some don't know when it's their turn to go.

We witnessed one cyclist almost get hit by a vehicle because he didn't stop at the stop sign before crossing the road.

Joe Perl rides the path and drives on Cook Road, so he understands the issue well.

"Oncoming traffic is pausing, waiting for me to cross, waiving me across. I have a stop sign, they have yellow flashing lights. It’s really not that confusing, but somehow it tricks people into thinking they need to stop," Perl said. 

We’ll let Megan McClellan, the executive director of Fort Wayne Trails explain what you need to do when you come to a trail crossing.

"When a pedestrian is approaching a crosswalk, or a bicycle rider, anyone using the trails they should stop and look both ways before crossing the street and only cross if there is a significant amount of room before any cars are coming to cross. If a vehicle is coming and the pedestrian is not yet in the cross walk, they should keep going to keep the flow of traffic going. If however there is a pedestrian in the crosswalk, say a child who cant make it across the crosswalk very fast or someone who falls or something then they should definitely stop and yield to pedestrians who are already in the crosswalk."

Knowing this will help keep both drivers and pedestrians safe.

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