Monday 16 March 2009 9.37am
Boss St Bloke wrote:
Yep - good point.
Also, the light sequence is worked out/timed for an average car accelerating at an average pace. That gives an average pedestrian enough time to get across the road when the green man just changes to red.
However, motorbikes have much higher power to weight ratio and can be upon you in a flash because of their superior acceleration.
How many times have I almost got hit by a motorbike crossing the lights just over TB by Minories.
Must pick at that a bit, I'm afraid. As a pedestrian, I've never come across a set of ped. lights where I couldn't comfortably cross in the time given by the green man and the flashing-green man.
And as a m'bike rider, I've never seen a set of lights where there's not a clear pause between each of the following phases: (1) ped.lights going to flashing green, (2) then to red, then (3) vehicle lights going to green.
For a pedestrian to be still on the road when I've been given a green light generally means, in my experience, that they have started to cross the road when it's flashing green or when it's red.
Two sides to every story, and all that...
...if you press it, they will come.