Friday, October 19, 2007

Creativity in planning

I'm still waiting for someone to try the "naked streets" concept somewhere in Toronto. In the meantime though they are going to try this:
"Often called the Barnes Dance (after traffic engineer Henry Barnes, who introduced the idea to Denver), such intersections use red lights to stop traffic in all directions at once so pedestrians can cross any way they like, even diagonally. Then pedestrians are stopped while cars take their turns on the green."
Additionally they are talking about putting in some roundabouts. I'm not sure how well the roundabouts will work with a street system that is essentially a grid. There are a few intersections that might benefit though. Off the top of my head I think the Dundas-Annette-Old Weston-Dupont intersection would be a good place to try it:

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