City of Gardner, MA
Worcester County
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Pedestrians shall obey the directions of police officers directing traffic, and whenever there is an officer directing traffic, a traffic control signal or a marked crosswalk within 300 feet of a pedestrian, no such pedestrian shall cross a way or roadway except within the limits of a marked crosswalk and as hereafter provided in these regulations. For the purpose of these regulations, a marked crosswalk shall only be construed to be that area of a roadway reserved for pedestrian crossing located between two solid white reflectorized twelve-inch pavement markings in rural areas or markings not less than six inches wide in urban areas, said markings or lines being no less than six feet apart.
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At a traffic control signal location where pedestrian indications are provided but which are shown only upon actuation by means of a pedestrian push button, a pedestrian shall not cross a roadway unless or until the pedestrian control push button has been actuated and then shall cross only on the proper signal indication. At traffic control signal locations where no pedestrian indication is provided, pedestrians shall cross only on the green indication. If necessary, the green indication shall be actuated by the pedestrian by means of a push button.
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At a traffic control signal location, pedestrians shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles of a funeral or other procession or authorized emergency vehicles while in performance of emergency duties regardless of the signal indication given, and they shall not attempt to cross the roadway until such vehicles or procession has passed, at which time pedestrians shall then cross the roadway only as provided in these regulations.
Traffic control signal color indications and legends have the commands ascribed to them in this section and no other meanings, and every pedestrian shall comply therewith, except when otherwise directed by an officer.
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Red and yellow or the word "Walk." Whenever the red and yellow lenses are illuminated together or the single work "Walk" is illuminated, pedestrians facing such indication may proceed across the roadway and in the direction of such signal only.
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Red alone or "Don't Walk." Whenever the words "Don't Walk" or any indication other than red and yellow shown together are illuminated in a traffic signal where pedestrian indications are provided, pedestrians approaching or facing such indication shall wait on the sidewalk, edge or roadway or in the pedestrian refuge area of a traffic island and shall not enter upon or cross a roadway until the proper indication is illuminated in the traffic control signal, but any pedestrian who has partially completed his crossing on the walk indication shall proceed or return to the nearest sidewalk or safety island on the yellow indication, the red indication or when the words "Don't Walk" are illuminated by rapid intermittent flashes.
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Green alone. At traffic control signal locations where no pedestrian indication is given or provided, pedestrians facing the signal may proceed across the roadway within any marked crosswalk in the direction of the green indication.
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Yellow alone, red alone or flashing "Don't Walk." Pedestrians approaching or facing a yellow, red or flashing "Don't Walk" illuminated indication shall not start to cross a roadway.
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Flashing red, yellow or green. At any traffic control signal location where a flashing red, flashing yellow or flashing green indication is being given facing a crosswalk, pedestrians shall actuate, where provided, the pedestrian signal indication and cross the roadway only on the red-yellow or "Walk" indication when such indication is in operation. If no pedestrian signal is provided, pedestrians shall cross within crosswalks with due care.
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No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a sidewalk or safety island and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that is it impossible for the driver to yield the right-of-way.
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Pedestrians shall at all times attempt to cross a roadway using the right half of crosswalks.
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Where sidewalks are provided, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway whenever the sidewalk is open to pedestrian use.
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Where sidewalks are not provided, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall, when practicable, walk only on the left side of the roadway on its unfinished shoulder facing traffic which may approach from the opposite direction.
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Persons alighting from the roadway side of any vehicle parked at the curb or edge of roadway shall proceed immediately to the sidewalk or edge of roadway adjacent to vehicle and shall cross the roadway only as authorized by these regulations.
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It shall be unlawful for any person to actuate a pedestrian control signal or to enter a marked crosswalk unless a crossing of the roadway is intended.
Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway. At a point where pedestrian tunnel or overpass has been provided, pedestrians shall cross the roadway only by the proper use of the tunnel or overpass.
The provisions of these regulations shall in no way abrogate the provisions of MGL c. 90, § 14, Precautions for safety of other travelers, and § 14A, Protection of blind pedestrians crossing or attempting to cross ways. Furthermore, notwithstanding the provisions of these regulations, every operator of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon the roadway and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary and shall exercise proper precautions which may become necessary for safe operation.
No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride, employment, or business from the operator or occupant of any vehicle without the written permission of the board or officer having control of such roadway or highway.
These pedestrian control regulations shall be enforced by all officers of the City of Gardner on or after January 1, 1974.
The provisions of these rules and regulations governing use of ways by pedestrians shall not apply to pedestrians actually engaged in work upon a roadway closed to travel or under construction or repair, to municipal, state, federal or public service corporation employees while in the performance of their duties, to officers engaged in the performance of their public duties or to pedestrians acting in an emergency when such emergency necessitates departure from any part of these rules and regulations.
Anyone who violates the provisions of this article which deal with the proper use of ways by pedestrians shall be punished as provided in MGL c. 90, § 18A. Any person convicted of a violation of any provision of these regulations relative to the operation of vehicles shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $20 for each offense.