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Incorrect flashing amber for motorists from red to green

Reported in the Traffic lights category by Dr Kaihsu Tai at 12:14, Fri 30 May 2008 ; (there is no pin shown as the user did not use the map)

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There should be no flashing amber light for the motorists whilst the signal changes from red to green. At this time, the pedestrian green light is still on, and pedestrians are still crossing. The flashing amber light encourages the motorists to illegally and unsafely start to cross, running over the pedestrians. The light should stay red for the motorists until at least one second after the pedestrian light turns red. This should be rectified as soon as
possible to avoid accidents of motorists injuring or killing

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  • The problem involves at least these 3 button-operated pedestrian crossing traffic lights at the following locations:
    1 Little Clarendon Street crossing Woodstock Road (OX1 3ND)
    2 Keble Road crossing Banbury Road (OX1 3LE)
    3 Keble Road crossing Parks Road (OX1 3PB)

    Posted by Dr Kaihsu Tai at 12:15, Fri 30 May 2008

  • This is how they are supposed to work. It is legal to continue crossing on foot when the green man is flashing but not to begin crossing once he has started flashing. Similarly it is legal to drive through at flashing amber so long as nobody is on the crossing.

    Some more modern pedestrian lights no longer do this, but it's an established design.

    Posted by Jock at 15:11, Fri 30 May 2008

  • The council replied ‘no technical fault’ but this is really a matter of power balance: for the motorists against pedestrians. The motorist will run through an amber light. My county councillor and I will be looking into this politically.

    Posted by Dr Kaihsu Tai at 12:48, Fri 27 June 2008

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 12:48, Fri 27 June 2008

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