Red Deer pedestrian crossings made more user-friendly

Busy pedestrian crossings in downtown Red Deer are about to become more user-friendly.

Busy pedestrian crossings in downtown Red Deer are about to become more user-friendly.

Starting next week pedestrian countdown signals will be activated at nine downtown intersections.

The countdown signals indicate the amount of time left for pedestrians to cross at a signalized intersection before the solid Don’t Walk indicator.

“The city is piloting the countdown signals to provide more information to pedestrians, and to make downtown more pedestrian friendly,” said Engineering Services Manager Frank Colosimo.

The city recently increased walk signal durations in downtown to provide pedestrian with increased opportunities for crossing at signalized intersections, and support the pedestrian recommendations made in the Mobility Playbook.

In other jurisdictions, the countdown indicators have reduced the number of pedestrians completing their crossing on the solid don’t walk display, by providing a clearer indication of the time remaining to complete the crossing.

The countdown signals will be installed at:

• Ross Street at 48th Avenue

• Ross Street at 49th Avenue

• Ross Street at 50th Avenue

• Ross Street at 51th Avenue

• 49th Street at 48th Avenue

• 49th Street at 49th Avenue

• 49th Street at 50th Avenue

• 49th Street at 51th Avenue

• 49th Avenue at 48th Street

If residents have questions or comments about the new countdown signals, they can contact engineering@reddeer.ca.