Pedestrian Countdown Signals
Following a pilot project in 2013, the City began the city-wide implementation (where warranted) of pedestrian countdown signals (PCS). Pedestrian countdown signals provide better information to pedestrians by displaying the amount of time you have left to cross a street.
Each year, an annual pedestrian countdown signals implementation plan is developed. Locations for these signals are selected and prioritized based on a number of factors including:
- crosswalk distance,
- intersection complexity,
- traffic volume,
- land use,
- speed limit,
- proximity to schools or large populations of seniors, and
- ridership at nearby transit stops.
The available capital budget, coordination with other capital projects and decisions made by the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works also factor into where and when these signals are installed.
The City plans to install approximately 40 pedestrian countdown signals in 2017. Over the next few years, the City will work through the PCS Implementation Plan. in the order listed in the plan (the list reflects the most current information at the date/time of production and is subject to changes without notice).