Times change and communities grow – and that means that traffic signals evolve too. This year, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is making a number of traffic signal safety improvements in many areas of the province, including the installation of pedestrian countdown timers and advanced left turn arrows on Vancouver Island.
Pedestrian Countdown Timers
Traffic signals are not just for motorists, they help pedestrians move through traffic too. Have you ever entered a crosswalk only to watch the “walking man” quickly replaced by the “do not walk” sign? Pedestrian countdown timers are installed at busier intersections to help pedestrians understand how much time they have left to complete their crossing at an intersection and make an informed decision about safely starting to cross the road. This can be particularly helpful to those with mobility issues who might need a few extra seconds to cross. All cross walk signal times are calculated based on average walking speeds and extra crossing time is given in areas where pedestrian mobility is lower. A pedestrian countdown timer is now en route to the intersection of Beacon Avenue and Highway 17 on Vancouver Island, where traffic volumes are on the rise and we felt that pedestrians could benefit from the extra time reminder. Think of it as an opportunity to beat your personal best.
Advanced Left Turn Arrow
A real sign of the times – an advanced left turn arrow means volume is really ramping up – which is exactly what is scheduled to happen on Highway 1 at Kilamalu and Fisher Roads. In order to give motorists an “all’s clear” window of opportunity to turn left, and to help traffic move efficiently, these intersections will soon have traffic signals with a dedicated green arrow light. And who doesn’t love getting to go first?
So, why did the car cross the road? Because the advanced left turn green arrow signal made it so easy of course! And why did the pedestrian cross at the intersection? Because the countdown showed them it was safe to do so. Whatever your reason, thanks to these upcoming improvements, you can cross that road when you come to it.