Pedestrian Liberation Front
I didn’t know this. Apparently there is a detector on some pedestrian crossings which will cancel your request for a green man light if you cross on red because there is a gap in the traffic. I discovered this when I complained about a crossing that sometimes switched off the “Wait” light after the button was pressed, without a green man. This is part of the reply from Transport for London:
Once a button is pressed, an additional detector located at the top of the signal pole confirms the presence of a pedestrian before the demand for the crossing is registered. If pedestrians subsequently cross or move away before the signals change, the crossing request is cancelled and the signals remain green to traffic. This is to ensure that the crossing doesn’t change when there are no pedestrians waiting to cross.
It turned out that there was a fault on this crossing, which has now been fixed.
Sadly, TfL has ignored my other complaint, which was that, in any case, the delay for pedestrian lights was so long as to be dangerous, because pedestrians would cross on red. The PLF will fight on.Tagged in: pedestrians, traffic
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