04 November 2009

Oxford Circus


London unveiled a redesign of Oxford Circus recently. Diagonal pedestrian crossings modelled on the famous Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo. Nice to see some focus on urban mobility in the British capital.

Whether or not pedestrians will be able to hire hiviz vests on each corner before crossing remains to be seen.

Nice photo, above. Although a bit odd that an initiative focusing on pedestrians shows busses roaring through the intersection.

Here's Shibuya Crossing:

2 comments:

Peter said...

"Whether or not pedestrians will be able to hire hiviz vests on each corner before crossing remains to be seen."

Maybe you saw this while out in California. In Berkeley, at some of the cross walks, they have bins filled with orange high-vis flags attached to the light poles. Pedestrians are suppose to pick up a flag before entering the crosswalk and then merrily wave it as they cross to the other side to make themselves more visible to cars and then deposit it in the bin on that side for reuse.

I am NOT making this up.

Kiwehtin said...

*sigh*

I remember very well one crosswalk on a six-lane route just outside Washington DC, near where I live. It was provided for pedestrians (presumably with people at the nearby Seniors Home in mind) to cross over to the supermarket on the other side: tall pilons with a panel saying to stop for "peds" as they say in the US, full of flashing orange lights spanning the roadway. You pressed a button to activate the lights, but right there over the button was a warning that "cars may not stop".

What use...?

Slightly less disturbing, but still something that sends question marks popping up in the air above my cranium is a cultural behaviour particular to Toronto, where a pedestrian is expected to stick their arm out in front of them as they cross a road to signal that intent to motorists...