Curb Striping and Other Pavement Markings

This is part of an on-site drop-off and pick-up zone with highly visible red striping. The loading and unloading occurs in a specially marked area beyond the red curb. Orangewood Elementary School, Phoenix, AZ.

The combined use of signs and striping on a residential street adjacent to school property clarifies the intended curb use. The white curb marking indicates an area in which drop-off and pick-up of passengers is permissible. Santee, CA.

The blue line used by the Deer Valley School District in the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area designates parent drop-off circulation for school parking lots. This sign corresponds to the blue pavement markings used by the Deer Valley School District  in Phoenix, AZ.

Pavement stencil at Monroe Elementary School in Utah.

Curb striping or painting is used in drop-off and pick-up zones to clarify parking and other curb use rules. The color painted on curbs means:

  • White (or no color): Parking allowed, unless restricted or limited by signs.
  • Blue: Parking for the disabled only. Motorists must have a disabled person parking placard (typically hanging on the rear view mirror) or disabled person or disabled license plate.
  • Green: Parking allowed for a short time. The time is usually shown on a sign next to the green zone, or may be painted on the curb. Green curb can also be used for student loading zones if accompanied by the appropriate signs.
  • Yellow: Stop only long enough to load or unload passengers. Drivers are usually required to stay with their vehicle.
  • Red: No parking. Red curb may also be used in NO STOPPING or NO STANDING zones in conjunction with the appropriate signs. A bus may stop at a red zone marked for busses. Red is also used to designate fire lanes at schools.

In some cases it may be helpful to stripe out the loading area, both for the motorist and for the waiting students. Some schools stripe the path the drivers are supposed to use for drop-off and pick-up, and some schools use pavement arrows and pavement stencils to designate where loading is to occur and circulation patterns.

Tool: Curb striping

What is it and how does it work?

  • Delineate zones and intended use with paint.

Benefits strategy provides

  • Low cost.
  • Provides continuous explanation of zone.

Key factors to consider

  • Maintain paint.
  • Use standard colors.
  • Educate parents and students on proper use.
  • Use in conjunction with signing to clarify purpose.