Comment 80485

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted September 05, 2012 at 14:10:14

I wish Hamilton would embrace the pedestrian activated crosswalks that Toronto has.

Advantages:

  • It's only activated when someone needs to cross, so motorists don't have to wait at unnecessary red lights
  • Once someone finishes crossing, cars can proceed - this means less delay for drivers if someone crosses quickly
  • When a pedestrian walks up, the crossing is activated immediately - pedestrians don't have to wait for a light cycle
  • Cheaper to install than a full traffic signal

Disadvantages:

  • Requires slightly more driver education.

This is great news that more pedestrian crossings are going in - but if we would accept this alternative design into our toolbox, we could have way more of them for much lower cost and less impact to drivers and pedestrians alike.

Comment edited by seancb on 2012-09-05 14:10:33

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