Leduc’s new crosswalk technology among the first of its kind in Canada
Two types of adaptive pedestrian crossing technologies have been installed at a number of crosswalks in Leduc. The technologies, which are among the first of their kind in Canada, adjust crossing times and light cycles based on pedestrian needs.
The first technology allows pedestrians to pick from two pre-programmed walk times dependent on the time they need to cross the intersection safely. Pressing the button for one second activates a standard walk time, while pressing the button for two seconds activates an extended walk time. This feature is installed at six crosswalks along 50 Avenue from Discovery Way to Deer Valley Drive, which are clearly marked with instructional signs.
The second technology, which is installed at the intersection of Highway 2A and 50 Street/Southfork Drive, uses a video detection system to sense when pedestrians require additional time to finish crossing. The system doesn’t increase walk times but delays lights from changing so pedestrians can safely exit the intersection. Green lights are extended up to a set time limit to keep traffic lights cycling on a regular basis. The video detection system is anticipated to be active within the next several weeks.
“Innovative solutions like these help make our community a safer place for pedestrians and motorists,” says Leduc Mayor Bob Young. “Any improvements we can make to address the needs of our pedestrians puts us one step further in reducing potential risks and increasing traffic safety in Leduc.”
The technologies are placed at intersections where wider than average road width means some pedestrians, especially students from surrounding schools and those with mobility restrictions, may require additional crossing time. Rather than extend all walk times, which ultimately extends light cycles and disrupts traffic, pedestrians are given extra crossing time as needed.
Both technologies are installed on a trial basis and will be monitored over the next several months to determine if any adjustments are required.
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