About Walking

Walking is a popular and healthy way for pedestrians of all ages to keep in shape. However, it is important that pedestrians be responsible for their own safety, as accidents can occur anywhere.  Most child-age pedestrian accidents occur in the same neighborhood where the child lives, and these injuries result from children often having difficulty determining sound, distance, and location, in addition to a lack of knowledge of complex traffic rules.  As such, it is important that all pedestrians, young and old, practice good habits, such as walking on sidewalks and crossing streets at crosswalks. The Florida Department of Transportation provides resources that help pedestrians learn about and practice safe walking habits.

Boca Raton is committed to promoting and encouraging walking as a safe, economical, environmentally friendly, and health-conscious mode of transportation that is a viable and convenient alternative to the automobile through the expansion of facilities, services, and programs that promote walking. The City is actively working to install and maintain pedestrian and school crossing signs, sidewalks, and crosswalks. The City also provides funding for sidewalks as determined by the City Manager to promote pedestrian safety and/or to increase accessibility through American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Such sidewalks are installed by the city and the costs are assessed against the abutting properties.

For more information on the City’s sidewalk policy see Section 23-162 of the Code of Ordinances, or to request a sidewalk, fill out a sidewalk request form.

New flashing pedestrian crosswalk sign on Palmetto Park RdHeads Up Boca!

Palmetto Park Rd Pedestrian Crosswalks

Our vibrant Downtown is seeing an increase in pedestrian traffic as people walk to and from the beach, to restaurants, shops and parks. Walkers, bikers and drivers will now notice that there are four new pedestrian crosswalks along Palmetto Park Road from Federal Highway to the Intracoastal bridge.

For drivers, that means stopping when the crosswalks are flashing or pedestrians are crossing. For pedestrians, that means using the signal buttons at designated crosswalks only and waiting for cars to slow and stop before crossing. Drivers should expect frequent stops, be aware of pedestrians crossings, and pay attention to flashing yellow signs on the sides of the roadway.

Check out the Heads Up Boca video that highlights some familiar crosswalks around town and some do's and don’ts when crossing the roads.

When driving on East Palmetto Park Road:

Do:Do Not:
Be prepared to make frequent stopsDrive through a crosswalk when signs are flashing
Use designated crosswalks only to cross Palmetto Park Road.Speed on a road well-traveled by pedestrians
Pay attention to flashing yellow signs and stopBe impatient if there are multiple stops to allow pedestrians to cross
Be patient while driving to or from the beachCross Palmetto Park Road at an undesignated area