October 23, 2005

Pedestrian crossing

Posted in Ideas at 14:21 by graham

In many countries, pedestrian crossings have a button you press to signal your desire to cross. After a little while this makes the traffic lights go red for the cars and lights up a green man allowing you to cross.

Often you press the button whilst some cars go past, then realize there is no more traffic, so you cross the road. The lights don’t know you have already crossed so a bit later the traffic lights go red and the cars stop and wait whilst no-one crosses. Wouldn’t it be much better if there was a button you could press just before you crossed saying that you don’t need the lights to change any more ?


  1. Jonah said,

    January 18, 2006 at 13:50

    It would be nice if the buttons we currently have actually did something at all. Most buttons have no effect on the timings of pedestrian crossings because they are under the control of timing systems.

  2. graham said,

    October 31, 2005 at 19:51

    R.M. , Fri Jul 1 02:56:24 2005 :

    Who would give a flying f… to press that button once he has the chance of crossing the street? It would cost a huge amount of money to install these buttons but only idiots would waste their precious time to press that button.

    |333173|3|_||3 , Thu Jun 30 04:23:55 2005 :

    if you did it in a city with a grid plan, say paris, or New York, or even Adelaide, you could, due to the proliferation of traffic lights in the latter two’s city center, trap every single car. in London, due to the somewhat more organic method of planning used for the majority of roads over the last 2 mellenii, cars could escape back into the wild.

    DaveBig , Mon Nov 15 21:10:39 2004 :

    Reclaim the streets…… When walking down the street press the button on every pedestrian crossing you come to – go on a walk around london for the day with friends but stagger yourselves at about 2-3minutes intervals/gaps and do the same, voila, gridlock, or just jam the button in with gum ‘n glue and the light just keep going to the red cycle – create your own Italian Job style Jam, woohoo. xd

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