So you’re at an intersection. If you’re in a car, trying to make a left, you’re annoyed by all of the people crossing the street during your green light so that, by the time the light changes, only the car in front of you has managed to make its way through. If you’re on foot, you’re rushed by the angry and impatient glares you’re getting from the people waiting to turn right when you get the “go” pedestrian light (that cute little walker) as well as those cars halfway out into the intersection anxiously creeping forward, trying to make a left.
Frustration across the board! Couldn’t there be a better way?
Hold on to your seats… there is!
Introducing the diagonal crosswalk (aka pedestrian scrambles, or Barnes dances). These fantastic intersection treatments have started to be implemented in parts of Los Angeles, but are definitely not new technology. They existed back in the ’50s, but were removed once engineers concluded that they impeded traffic flow.
And yet, what a novel idea! Give pedestrians their separate time to flow through the intersection, and then traffic it’s own. No more one impinging on the other. And it’s safer for pedestrians and cyclists too.
Here’s an article that just came out on TreeHugger.com. It includes a great StreetsFilms video about them.
What do you think? Where in Tucson could we benefit from installing these crossing treatments?