Few things are more frustrating than stopping your car at a pedestrian controlled crosswalk, even though and there is no one crossing the street. But now the City of Surrey has come up with a high-tech solution to this road-rage inducing problem. Did this Canadian city discover C-Walk?
Yes they did! Al Radke from S&A Supplies Inc., the local company that supplied Traficon's intelligent pedestrian detector, about this project:
"We are currently partnering with the City of Surrey to demonstrate the use of a Traficon C-Walk system at a mid-block pedestrian crossing at 24th Avenue and 154th Street.
This is a mid-block crossing where flashing amber lights are activated to alert traffic that a pedestrian is crossing or about to cross the street. The lights are used as a warning to vehicles not to control them, the law already says that vehicles must stop for pedestrians at crosswalks regardless of signals, if you see a pedestrian at a crossing you must stop for them.
The pedestrian buttons were removed and signs were installed to inform the public that pedestrian would be automatically detected. Prior to removing the buttons we observed that people would push the button and then start to walk without looking for traffic before walking. Since the buttons have been removed people read the sign and then look to see if cars are stopping before crossing the roadway.
This system was developed as a way to protect our most vulnerable road users, pedestrians. The fact that our system may improve vehicle traffic flow and reduce congestion is just an extra benefit! "