Cycle of futility on why pedestrian countdown timers – as planned for Twickenham’s regeneration – are a shoddy pile of manure that have nothing to do with pedestrian convenience.
Transport for London’s Pedestrian Countdown scheme reduces crossing time for pedestrians, as part of a strategy to squeeze more road traffic through junctions.
London Assembly Member Val Shawcross has warned it will make the city “less pedestrian-friendly”, and Green Party member Jenny Jones has raised concerns that it discriminates against “less agile Londoners and people with children”.
The most recent minutes of TfL’s bi-monthly Finance and Policy Committee meeting reveal that they have now been granted authority for the procurement and roll-out of Pedestrian Countdown at Traffic Signals at 220 sites over three years (p7). They note:
This will reduce confusion and uncertainty and give pedestrians more confidence to cross before the red man. While (sic) also allowing a standard six second green invitation to be introduced with the remaining time allocated to traffic, improving efficiency and through put, and contributing to the Mayor’s objective of smoothing traffic flow.
View original post 339 more words