The Canberra Pedestrian Forum has successfully campaigned for improvements to traffic light sequencing on the intersection of Northbourne, Macarthur and Wakefield Avenues.
The City Chronicle Tuesday 02 August 2011
Green light for pedestrians
By Naomi Fallon
Canberra walkers now have a safer, faster route to the city thanks to improvements made to traffic light sequencing on Northbourne Avenue.
After lobbying the Government for five years, the Canberra Pedestrian Forum is pleased a “road danger black spot” has been alleviated at the intersection of Northbourne, Macarthur and Wakefield avenues.
The most significant change, according to forum convenor Leon Arundell, is the introduction of an “auto-start” for pedestrians crossing Wakefield and Macarthur Avenues. This means that the pedestrian signal now goes green whenever the vehicle signal goes green. Mr Arundell believes pedestrians are now more likely to cross the road safely at this particular intersection.
“Most people were ignoring the lights, thinking instead that they could use their own judgment about whether it was safe to cross,” he said. “Now the lights tell you when it’s safe to cross.”
Roads ACT manager of traffic signals Michael Day confirmed that the sequencing had been changed. “We had some discussions with Canberra Pedestrian Forum … and Leon pointed out that this intersection was an issue,” he said. Mr Day said vehicles wouldn’t be inconvenienced by the changes. “It’s a means of reducing the delays for pedestrians … we already do it at other intersections,” he said.
Despite that, Mr Day couldn’t identify any other intersections where the lights would be retimed in the near future. “It’s something we could introduce on a needs basis, it’s not something we can do quickly, it does involve some work on our behalf,” he said.
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