TfL issued a summary report on its reserch on the effect of the reduction of the ‘black-out’ period (the period when the green-man went out and before the red-man come in – this period give pedestrian who started to cross when the green-man disappear time to clear the crossing).
The report also look at the possiblilty to implement the count-down system in London. This measure is expected to help clarify the uncertainty that pedestrian face when the ‘black-out’ period appear .
- Significant findings of the study included:
- Overall, around half of all pedestrians cross against the red man signal
- 60 per cent of pedestrians did not correctly understand the purpose of the blackout period
- 67 per cent of impaired pedestrians interviewed did not understand the blackout period
- 90 per cent of conflicts at crossings – pedestrian or vehicle braking or changing direction, or physical contact (of which there were zero during the study) – involved a pedestrian crossing during the red man
- re-timing of the green man invitation to cross period resulted in an increase in vehicle throughput through the junctions of 6.5 per cent.