Good Read: Pedestrian scrambles on road safety strategy to-do list

“Pedestrian scrambles — intersections where traffic is stopped in all directions to allow people to cross any way, including diagonally — will make Winnipeg streets safer, city traffic engineers say.”

Have you used a scramble crosswalk in another city? It’s fun! And efficient! Here’s a snippet of the Winnipeg Free Press article:

“We think this will have an effect on removing the conflict between pedestrians and motorists,” David Patman, manager of transportation in the public works department, said during a committee meeting Thursday.

PATRICK DELL / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES</p><p>Traffic scrambles, used in cities with heavy foot traffic including Banff, Alta., and Toronto, is one of several measures undertaken by the City of Winnipeg as part of its road safety strategy.</p>
PATRICK DELL / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES

Traffic scrambles, used in cities with heavy foot traffic including Banff, Alta., and Toronto, is one of several measures undertaken by the City of Winnipeg as part of its road safety strategy.

Patman told the public works committee his department has short-listed a number of intersections believed to be good matches for a scramble.

The city has yet to make location details public, nor has it provided a timeline for the completion of such projects. However, Patman said short-term engineering safety projects are changes that can be made “right away.”

Click here to read the full Winnipeg Free Press article. 

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