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A change of pace

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Sarnia‘s pedestrian crossing signals are being adjusted to give residents more time to cross the street.

Crossing signals have historically been timed to match someone walking an average of 1.4 metres per second, City Hall says.

But the industry standard changed in recent years to 1.2 m/s to accommodate slower movers.

Bluewater Power, which the city contracts to maintain traffic signals, is currently adjusting the timing to ensure each crossing provides sufficient time.

The move affects about 40% of traffic signals that don’t meet the new standard.

Newer crossings use a number countdown, while older models have walking pedestrian and flashing hand symbols.

 

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