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Treatment #4 Pedestrian Refuge
Consists of a short stretch of raised median in the centre of the road that creates a staging point for pedestrians. Usually features a walkthrough at pavement level.
Advantages•Improves crossing opportunities for pedestrians by allowing them to focus on one direction of traffic at a time•Reduces the crossing distance for slower pedestrians•When used at an intersection (i.e. as a splitter island) it controls vehicle turning movements – both speed and alignment•Can act as a traffic calming measure
Disadvantages•Constrains swept paths/turning envelopes, making it more difficult for vehicles to perform turning movements•Reduces usable road width