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Canberra Pedestrian Forum's Leon Arundell has successfully campaigned for improvements to traffic light sequencing on the intersection of
Northbourne, Macarthur and Wakefield Avenues.
Picture: Elesa Lee
Green light for pedestrians
CANBERRA walkers now have a
safer, faster route to the city thanks to
improvements made to traffic light
sequencing on Northbourne Avenue.
After lobbying the Government for
five years, the Canberra Pedestrian
Forum is pleased a "road danger black
spot" has been alleviated at the
intersection of Northbourne, Mac-
arthur and Wakefield avenues.
The most significant change,
according to forum convenor Leon
Arundell, is the introduction of an
"auto-start" for pedestrians crossing
Wakefield and Macarthur Avenues.
This means that the pedestrian
signal now goes green whenever the
vehicle signal goes green.
Mr Arundell believes pedestrians
are now more likely to cross the road
safely at this particular intersection.
"Most people were ignoring the
lights, thinking instead that they could
use their own judgment about whether
it was safe to cross," he said.
"Now the lights tell you when it's
safe to cross."
Roads ACT manager of traffic
signals Michael Day confirmed that
the sequencing had been changed.
"We had some discussions with
Canberra Pedestrian Forum ... and
Leon pointed out that this intersection
was an issue," he said.
Mr Day said vehicles wouldn't be
inconvenienced by the changes.
"It's a means of reducing the delays
for pedestrians ... we already do it at
other intersections," he said.
Despite that, Mr Day couldn't
identify any other intersections where
the lights would be retimed in the near
"It's something we could introduce
on a needs basis, it's not something we
can do quickly, it does involve some
work on our behalf," he said.
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