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Thursday, September 10, 2009

What engineering genius set up the traffic lights on Robie and Jubilee Road?

Posted on Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 4:53 PM

To get a walk signal to cross Robie Street at the intersection of Robie and Jubilee you MUST press the red button BEFORE the light changes. If you arrive just as the light is changing in your favor the button doesn't work and the signal indicates that you shouldn't walk. Most people cross anyway because the cars have stopped for the red light. Trouble is that when the walk signal is not lit you only have a short time to get to the other side. Moreover, if someone on the north side of the intersection presses the walk signal it has no effect on the south side of the intersection even though the cars have stopped and it would be safe to cross there as well. I know this sounds complicated but try it and you'll see how dumb and pedestrian unfriendly it is. Who did this? Why?
---Howard H

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