Are marked crosswalks safer for pedestrians than unmarked crosswalks?

We’ve been reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book of essays entitled What the Dog Saw. In the book, Gladwell discusses how people handle risk. Gladwell cites psychologist Gerald Wilde who says that human beings have a tendency to “compensate for lower risks in one area by taking greater risks in another.” Wilde’s hypothesis is called risk homeostasis.
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Gladwell asks the question, “Why are more pedestrians killed when crossing the street at marked crosswalks than at unmarked crosswalks?” His answer is, because pedestrians feel that a crosswalk is a “safe environment,” they take more risk and are less watchful for oncoming traffic or cross when the light is changing.

Something to think about.

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