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Walking then Drive

The corner of Michigan and 14th street is configured in a way that makes it difficult to walk.

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Michigan Central Station

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The corner of Michigan and 14th street is configured in a way that makes it difficult to walk.  Is there a way we could make it so pedestrians on all corners cross at the same time and possibly have pedestrian detectors that would change the traffic lights based on the presence of pedestrians?


I have seen something similar in a few cities, including Atlanta where all pedestrians cross at the same time.   I have even seen where there are diagonal crossing for pedestrians.  Having all cars traffic get a red light then having pedestrians cross diagonally instead of cross twice.  

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Hi James Courtney thanks for your contribution! Can you talk about an experience you had with these kinds of crosswalks? What was it like to use this and how might we implement information systems to inform drivers and pedestrians of the new walking flow?