Push Button Wait For Walk Signal

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I’ve always associated manually-activated crosswalks with suburbia, where pedestrian traffic is light. Here in Montreal, they only exist at mid-block crosswalks; pedestrians have the priority at regular intersections, especially since the city started installing scramble crossings and advance walk signals at many corners.

When I was in Boston last month, my first visit to the city in eight years, I was surprised to find that you needed to push a button to cross legally at nearly every intersection. It seems terribly impractical in a city with such high levels of pedestrian traffic, especially one that prides itself on being so pedestrian-friendly. Since many pedestrians arrive at a light that is already green, they just ignore the “don’t walk” signal and cross against the light.

This entry was written by Christopher DeWolf , posted on Thursday December 13 2007at 11:12 pm , filed under Public Space, United States and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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