Posts Tagged ‘pedestrian crossings’

Zebra Crossing

October 31, 2011

Zebra Crossing

October 31, 1951: the Zebra Crossing first comes to the aid of pedestrians. As mandated by British law, a new kind of road marking appears in Slough, Berks., white stripes painted on black tarmac from curb to curb perpendicular to the flow of traffic. Labor Party MP (later Prime Minister) James Callaghan commented on the resemblance to the striped African equine, and the name stuck. Someone else named the Panda Car.

Today the Zebra Crossing is found around the world, but the most famous one is only about 25 miles from the first one. It’s on Abbey Road in London.

“Sixty Years of the Zebra Crossing,” Nicola Bowerbank, Britannica Blog

Abbey Road crossing live webcam

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Dancing with the Cars

May 7, 2010

Dancing with the Cars

Washington DC’s transportation department is considering implementing an all-way pedestrian crossing signal at Chinatown’s main intersection, 7th and H Streets NW. Traffic lights would stop all vehicles, and pedestrians would be allowed to cross in any direction, even diagonally.

This “Barnes Dance ” or “Barnes Walk” pattern is named after Henry A. Barnes (1907 – 1968), who popularized the system as NYC Traffic Commissioner.  He also worked in Baltimore.

As DC considers the system, Denver, the first city to implement it, may dump it.

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