VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The City of Vancouver is testing its first “all-walk” crosswalk at the intersection of Robson Street and Hornby Street downtown.
CityNews reporter David Zura says that city staff will be monitoring the new crosswalk throughout the year for a number of factors.
“They’re going to take a look at how the safety is impacted by the change. They’re also going to take a look and see how vehicles are affected because this cycle happens every time the lights cycle through, which means there is a whole light where none of the cars are actually going to be moving,” says Zura. “So, they’re going to take a look and see how that affects vehicle traffic as well.”
An all-walk crosswalk allows pedestrians to cross in all four directions at the same time. This is different from a scramble crosswalk.
In a scramble crosswalk, pedestrians can cross intersections diagonally.
“That’s not something you can do here,” says Zura. “They would violate the by-laws the way they stand now, and you could risk getting a ticket if you cross diagonally.”
Robson and Hornby was chosen for this pilot project because of the amount of pedestrian traffic in the area.