An ArmchairMayor.ca editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
One of the most dangerous places in town is any intersection when you’re a pedestrian trying to get across. You never know when a driver is going to be careless and hang a sharp right through a crosswalk just as you step into it.
It’s no fun for drivers, either, nervously negotiating their way through that crosswalk and wondering if a pedestrian will suddenly hop out.
There’s a better way of handling the driver-pedestrian tango — simply eliminate it.
A system called the pedestrian scramble, or Barnes Dance — after traffic engineer Henry Barnes who advocated for it back in the 1940s — is coming back into favour in Canada.
Under this system, traffic is stopped in all directions at an intersection as pedestrians cross in all directions, including diagonally.
Mel Rothenburger’s Armchair Mayor editorials appear Mondays through Thursdays on CFJC- TV. His Armchair Mayor column is published Saturdays on ArmchairMayor.ca and CFJC Today. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.