Oct 24, 2007, 08:59 PM
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Join Date: Mar 2007
I don't know that it would work here but it sounds kind of cool
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/s ... 4/20071024
| T.O. gives pedestrians green light to scramble |
Updated Wed. Oct. 24 2007 10:11 AM ET
It will be a pedestrian free-for-all next spring as Toronto council has approved scramble intersections that allow people to cross the street any which way they want.
At Tuesday's city council meeting, councillors approved the scramble concept for four busy intersections: Yonge and Bloor, Bay and Bloor, Yonge and Dundas and Bay and Dundas.
Under the new system, red lights will stop traffic in all directions at once. That way, rather than crossing the street with the flow of traffic, pedestrians will be able to walk in any direction they like -- even diagonally.
"The idea is to try and separate the time when pedestrians can use intersections and when vehicles can use intersections," Bruce Zvaniga, Toronto's manager of urban traffic control systems, told CTV.ca on Friday before the vote.
"The expected benefit is to pedestrians in terms of safety and general comfort."
Those on foot will also be stopped in all directions when vehicles are given the green light.
But Zvaniga believes motorists will also feel safer making turns as they won't have to wait for crossing pedestrians or try to push through gaps when there are crowds of walkers.
Zvaniga said the main disadvantage with the intersections would be the longer wait times, which haven't yet been determined.