As part of a campaign to reduce the number of road traffic accidents involving pedestrians and streamline the flow of traffic, a Shibuya-style pedestrian crossing has been constructed at Oxford Circus. The £5 million pound project is based upon the design of pedestrian crossings in Shibuya, Tokyo. Traffic comes to a complete standstill and pedestrians may cross the road diagonally. In addition, street clutter, such as barriers and rubbish bins have been removed from the general area of the pedestrian crossing, which allows pedestrians to cross efficiently. But have these changes really made it safer for pedestrians to cross the street?
Criticisms of the crossing
The style of crossing has fallen out of favour with many traffic engineers as they view the model as prioritising pedestrians over vehicular traffic flow. Some may argue that this causes inefficiency, however, research has shown that whilst this is true in less built-up areas, the Shibuya-style crossing, in larger areas such as Oxford Circus, which attracts over 200 million visitors per year, helps to ensure pedestrian safety and allow for an efficient traffic flow.
Research carried out by local government body Transport for London has found that the Shibuya-style pedestrian crossings have helped to reduce collisions with pedestrians by as much as up to 38%. At most crossings, there is partial pedestrian and vehicular movement, which increases the risk of an accident due to human error, for example proceeding when it is not safe. The Shibuya-style approach eliminates this risk, however, there may be an increased waiting time for pedestrians to cross the road.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice