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Safer Pelican Crossing

You smashem my legs, I ripem your tyres.
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A Pelican (or sometimes, Puffin) crossing is one of those pedestrian crossings where you push a button before you cross the road.

The sequence of events is:
1) Pedestrian pushes button
2) a few seconds later, the traffic light changes to orange as signal to cars to speed up and cross quickly.
3) a few seconds later, the traffic light changes to red as signal to cars to stop.
4) a few seconds later, a walking man signal is displayed to the pedestrian as a signal that they may begin crossing.

The wise pedestrian makes sure vehicles in both directions are stationary before proceeding, as some cars have priority under all circumstances.

I propose that half a second after the traffic light goes red (and well before the green man lights up) a spike strip raises up from the road on each side of the crossing.

I predict that this would reduce the car stopping failure rate dramatically. If not, it would at least be a useful indicator to the police as to the state of the signal at car vs pedestrian incidents.

Loris, Sep 11 2006

(?) The real problem http://www.flickr.c...ntindale/235288433/
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       Not very pedestrian friendly then.(visualises punctured knees,electric wheelchair tires etc..)
skinflaps, Sep 11 2006
  

       It's not so much cars that are the problem, as the highway code covers car usage on the road, as well as pedestrian usage of the pavements and road. The problem is the idiotic cunts on bikes, who seem to be exempt from all rules and happily ride straight into me even though the man is green. I want them all to die, but not to worry, they indubitably will, judging by their behaviour.
Ian Tindale, Sep 11 2006
  

       I was envisaging the sort of one-way tyre shredders you sometimes see at entrances to petrol-stations. They sort of rise up at an angle and can be walked on, no problem. I think they'd also be easy to electronically deploy. You're not supposed to cross adjacent to a crossing, anyway.
Loris, Sep 11 2006
  

       The strange thing is, that I've also been cogitating over the past week or so, regarding the crossing and the green man and that sort of thing in general. I was going to post a halfbakery idea, relating to crossing information - in other words, rather than just have the green man and the red man in information reductionist style, go right to the other hog and implement a highly information-rich 'dashboard' display that can be seen with no problem from across the road, whether the crosser is young or old, and have pretty much all information on it that relates to the current reality of that crossing. I might work on that idea later. Not for a few more days though, too busy.   

       PS: but one more thing: I do honestly believe that road safety starts with the pedestrian upwards, and the more pedestrians that could be educated to actually bother to press the button and actually wait until the man is green, the better, in my opinion. Is it any wonder cyclists misbehave when most pedestrians give them such a variable quality of predictability?
Ian Tindale, Sep 11 2006
  

       //I do honestly believe that road safety starts with the pedestrian upwards, and the more pedestrians that could be educated to actually bother to press the button and actually wait until the man is green, the better, in my opinion.//   

       Perhaps. But with sparse traffic I suspect most people feel embarrassed to press the button and make cars stop, rather than nip across in a gap. The way that motorists scowl at you for holding them up probably has something to do with it.   

       The cyclists round here (Birmingham) arn't as bad as they seem to be in London. In any case, according to the Metro today, there have been 12 pedestrians killed by bicycle accidents in the last 5 years, in the UK. But 671 pedestrians killed by cars, in the last year. Which makes cars about 280 times more dangerous to people who arn't using them.
Loris, Sep 11 2006
  

       Wow, so London cyclists are 20% as dangerous as terrorists? Oh wait, there were four tube bombers, killing 52 people which is about 13 people each, so, er, what's the maths go like? A cyclist is about 95% as dangerous as a terrorist? Something like that?
Ian Tindale, Sep 11 2006
  

       //A cyclist is about 95% as dangerous as a terrorist?//   

       Terrorists don't kill so many pedestrians, so cyclists must be even more dangerous than that!   

       ... hang on a minute, do you think there is just one maniac cycling serial killer touring Britain?   

       (Actually, when I looked at the Metro again, it said 'over 671 people'. So, what, 762 then?)
Loris, Sep 12 2006
  
      
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