A new median and crosswalk has been installed at the intersection of S. Detroit St. and Hill St., allowing users of the Prairie Grass Trail (Ohio-to-Erie Trail) to cross Detroit St. and proceed directly up the hill to Xenia Station. Additionally, an existing median has been expanded to enhance a crosswalk where the Creekside Trail crosses West Main Street.
At both of these locations, new signage and rapidly flashing yellow lights have been added. Pedestrians and cyclists can push a button to activate these lights to warn drivers that they are crossing the street. The purpose of the lights and signage is to get drivers' attention and warn them that pedestrians or cyclists are attempting to cross the street. Drivers are not required by law to stop for these lights, but they are required to yield to pedestrians that are in the crosswalk. So pedestrians/cyclists should look both ways even when they activate these signals, to ensure the roadway is clear or that traffic is stopped. Drivers should slow down when they see these lights flashing and look for pedestrians/cyclists, and then stop to allow any pedestrians/cyclists to cross.
The new crosswalk at the intersection of N. Detroit St. and Market St. is a little different. Here pedestrians can press a button that activates an overhead yellow light, followed by a red light. The yellow light is a warning, and the red light legally requires vehicles to stop, just like a traffic signal. Pedestrians can then cross the street. The red light will then automatically turn off, at which point drivers are once again permitted to drive through the intersection.