Nobody Likes to Wait

Excerpt of Article by SFG

2014-0926 Crosswalk Instructions

 

Traditionally, traffic stops are some of the most dangerous spots where pedestrians could get hurt from ongoing traffic, especially if they are not paying attention to the crosswalk lights. But what if we could change it so that crosswalk lights could be safer? Check out this unique signal that’s nothing short of being brilliant.

Opinion

The concept is wonderful and the technology is amazing, but it does not improve patience of drivers who frequently turn right on reds and ignore pedestrians who have the right of way and are in a crosswalk. Perhaps, you should invent a dancing red traffic light.

Credits

Thanks to SFG for sharing the story; Google for helping me find the story; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the picture, video, and text in this post.

6 Comments

  1. I love it!! Very ingenious. If it gets the attention of one pedestrian, it’s worth looking into. Obviously it worked if it got 81% to pay attention. There will always be negative remarks and naysayers but if we only listen to them we would never get anything positive accomplished. Thanks for posting this, Scott. Made my morning happy!

    1. Sheila, I agree the crosswalk signal is brilliant. I would like to see more of them. Each city could run a contest to determine who wins the right to dance in front of the camera. A similar technology is needed for the red traffic light so drivers will not run reds and endanger pedestrians.

      I’m glad to hear the post provided you a happy morning. ~ Scott

  2. I was injured as tour guide thrown from rear of coach when pedestrians stepped out in front of coach in crosswalk

    1. Pam, I have been blogging for roughly two years. I hear a lot of “how it happened” stories. This is the first time anyone has mentioned an injury in the tourism industry. How long ago did the event occur? Were you diagnosed on the day of the injury? What were your symptoms? Do you have any advice for those who are recovering? What is the status of your recovery? ~ Scott

    1. Esther, who do you think the technology distracts, pedestrians, drivers, or readers of this post? I don’t know how beneficial the technology is, but I really like the concept that the signal play the image of real people dancing rather than one generic stick figure.

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