More Pedestrian Countdown Signals Come to Geary Boulevard in the Richmond – Hurray!

Can you spot one of the the new pedestrian countdown timers being installed in the Middle Richmond District last week? It arrived all wrapped up.

Plus new road signs too, probably they’ll be more legible or something. But that’s a small thing compared with the installation of new signals.

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Maybe fewer people will die on the mean streets of the Richmond District after we get all this new equipment. (How many peds got mowed over by cars in the Richmond District last year? More than you might think.)

Anyway, the new lights can’t hoit.

Hurray!

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4 Responses to “More Pedestrian Countdown Signals Come to Geary Boulevard in the Richmond – Hurray!”

  1. fsharp says:

    We’ve had these count down lights in the Mission for a few years now. They are great for reducing the tiny panic we all have crossing on a stale green light. I wonder though, have they reduced the number of peds being mowed down? Seems like plenty of cars just blow through red lights anyway. Plus, 70mph is not an unusual speed on the alleyways of the Mission. Data anyone?

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Good point, fsharp.

    They like them up in Canada, eh?
    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071018/crosswalk_timers_071018?s_name=medExpress2007&no_ads=

    I think the reason that we don’t have more of these timers is the small cost of upgrading.

    It would be nice to have a nice graphic like this for SF
    http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/specials/pedestrians/images/day2_story1_graphic1.jpg

  3. Anonymous says:

    > (How many peds got mowed over by cars in the Richmond District last
    > year? More than you might think.)

    You don’t know, or you can’t be bothered to tell us?

  4. sfcitizen says:

    A little of both. Mowed over, as in a serious accident, I don’t know.

    Mowed over, as in killed, I believe the number is 4 for 2008. Highest in any police district in SF, I believe.