I know this sounds too contrived to be true, but six-year-old Princess NS&S volunteered the following out of the blue this morning:
Daddy, you know what is also a safety zone? The lines in the street that you walk across.
Needless to say, she's not crossing the street by herself until she's had a little skepticism pounded into her. (Don't call DSS. I mean it figuratively.)
Again, though, her comments illustrate the appeal of street markings. They suggest a comfort zone that people want and expect in complete streets. The trick is to figure out how to make bike accommodations and crosswalks actual safety zones.