What’s a Pedestrian Scramble? Video:Japan’s Shibuya Crossing

Watch this amazing video and read about how pedestrians and bicyclists can cross the street safely while all vehicular traffic is stopped at streets in all directions in the intersection.  Prioritizing people over vehicles in a very big way!

Pedestrian scramble

 Shibuya Crosswalk, Japan



pedestrian scramble, also known as scramble intersection (Canada), ‘X’ Crossing (UK), diagonal crossing (US), exclusive pedestrian interval, or Barnes Dance, is a type of traffic signal movement that temporarily stops all vehicular traffic, thereby allowing pedestrians to cross an intersection in every direction, including diagonally, at the same time.

It was first used in Canada and the United States in the late 1940s, but it later fell out of favor with traffic engineers there, as it was seen as prioritizing flow of pedestrians over flow of car traffic. Its benefits for pedestrian amenity and safety have led to new examples being installed in many countries in recent years.

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