Thursday, October 22, 2009

New signals a break for bikers, walkers

Have you noticed those eye-popping new signals being installed at a few crosswalks around town? I haven't found any with controls that pick up a bicycle's approach, but such an installation would seem just the ticket where the M-Path crosses Bird Road, for instance. Anyway, those neon yellow signs fairly scream, "Look out!" ... And the flashing light that responds to your touch on the sign button would seem impossible to miss. Hey, click on the photo and look at the solar cell on top of the sign post. Cool!

Several of the signals, for instance one opposite Fresh Market in Coconut Grove, are installed midblock. I first heard of signals like this when Gabrielle Redfern of Miami Beach, as a member of the Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee, proposed them for a particularly troublesome spot under discussion at the time.

1 comment:

tony said...

This is a perfect example of how signage and pedestrian-friendly modifications to troubled areas can work.

I have personally witnessed the transformation of the intersection pictured above in downtown Miami. It went from a real life version of Frogger to a pedestrian-friendly crosswalk that effectively calms traffic and gets people safely across. It's amazing how much difference visual cues and minor physical modifications can make.

Hopefully, we will see more of this in the future and extend the concept to bicycling as well.