"Properly designed crosswalks, and the protection they can offer from death by car, are few and far between in many American communities. It may be that you live in one of those places and would like to have a crosswalk installed near where you live or work.
How the hell do you go about it?
Thanks to Katie Matchett, a pedestrian-friendly planner who writes the excellent blog Where the Sidewalk Starts, you can get some answers from a person who understands how these processes work. She is publishing a series of how-to posts designed to help citizens navigate municipal bureaucracies and make convincing arguments so that they can achieve safe pedestrian crossings in their communities."
Matchett's blog has more on the process of gathering the support and political will to get crosswalks installed.