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Old August 1st, 2007, 08:53 PM   #21
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Those things are useless in the Netherlands, since no traffic lights makes fixed cycluses. We have Bus-influences too.
So you don't know so called green waves? Strange ...

OK, why are there mostly in Asian countries? Those drivers tend not to wait too long for green light, so having timer to tell, when red light will be over (and how long green light is in function) does much for security. In Europe this is (by my meaning) unnecessary and would cause worsening of traffic security in intersections. In Asia drivers are very impatient, so this actually betters security.
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Old August 1st, 2007, 09:14 PM   #22
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We used to have green waves. But trucks can't keep up, and bus priority ruins the whole concept of green waves, so they're mostly abandoned, making you have to stop for each and every traffic light.
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Old August 1st, 2007, 09:26 PM   #23
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Here in British Columbia count-down lights have been installed at many pedestrian crossings. Haven't seen any traffic lights with those yet.
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Old August 1st, 2007, 10:44 PM   #24
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Not sure any more of the extent of the thrust behind Quebec's clamour for nationhood, but it's the only Canadian province where pedestrian walk signals are equipped with countdown timers that I've come across.
There are many in Toronto too (for pedestrians), and as the person above me said, in BC.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 08:38 AM   #25
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In California some pedestrian walk signals have countdowns, but they are only used in case a pedestrian pushes the button However, since the time allocated for pedestrians is almost always longer than the time allocated for cars, the pedestrian countdown can be used in 99% to estimate how long cars too get a green signal. Briefly speaking, I use the pedestrian countdown to see how soon my light will change and if I can safely beat the intersection.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 08:50 AM   #26
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In Caracas and Valencia there're this systems.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 11:15 AM   #27
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There are some in the Philippines, i haven't seen any in the US.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 01:45 PM   #28
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never seen that in Germany, I doubt that we have one anywhere.

but I have liked them when I was in Washington DC, the pedestrian crossing had them
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 05:41 PM   #29
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Melbourne used to have a large analog dial mounted on a couple of intersections to show the time until the lights change.

Now that pretty much every traffic light controlled intersection is triggered by sensors (not even considering bus/tram priority lights, or traffic lights integrated with railway crossing lights), they aren't very useful. The other thing was that apparently they caused the drivers to jump the gun a little and start moving when the countdown showed that the lights were about to turn green.

That was also why the red+amber phase between red and green was removed.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 06:12 PM   #30
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never seen that in Germany, I doubt that we have one anywhere.
There are some in the centre of Hamburg for pedestrians. IMO these countdowns are pure waste of money and could have better spent on upgrading the traffic lights for blind people (acoustic signals).
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 06:21 PM   #31
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Then a bus arrives, and they get green priority, suddenly the timer goes back to 50 secs.
(Sigh....) A culture that could easily win my heart -- gotta love those Netherlanders....
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There are many in Toronto too (for pedestrians), and as the person above me said, in BC.
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Here in British Columbia count-down lights have been installed at many pedestrian crossings. Haven't seen any traffic lights with those yet.
It puzzles me anybody bothered installing the pedestrian ones in those jurisdictions -- it's not like any pedestrian jay walks in either one of those two provinces . . .
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 07:28 PM   #33
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I haven't seen any here, but we do have the countdown pedestrian signals.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 09:17 PM   #34
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Not sure any more of the extent of the thrust behind Quebec's clamour for nationhood, but it's the only Canadian province where pedestrian walk signals are equipped with countdown timers that I've come across.
Toronto has them everywhere (especially in the downtown core)

and I see them popping up in the Niagara region as well.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 09:18 PM   #35
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(Sigh....) A culture that could easily win my heart -- gotta love those Netherlanders....


It puzzles me anybody bothered installing the pedestrian ones in those jurisdictions -- it's not like any pedestrian jay walks in either one of those two provinces . . .
they're situated in a way that the driver can easily see the countdown too.

I really think they're meant almost more for vehicles than pedestrians.
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Seen them in India too, but not in Canada.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 09:51 PM   #37
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We have those in Tallinn but only for pedestrians. It actually gives a good effect, because a lot of people love to cross the street with a red light but when they see that it's only 10 seconds to green, for example, then maybe he/she decides to wait. Another thing is that we have some pedestrian crossings over 4-6 lanes so it takes some time to cross it and when an elderly person sees that it's only 5 seconds to red he/she can wait for the next cycle.
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 09:59 AM   #38
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In Sofia there're planty of these things. On every major traffic light there's at least one. In Bulgaria you can found them also in other major cities, like Stara Zagora, Bourgass, Varna, Plovdiv etc.
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 01:49 PM   #39
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of course we don´t have such thing in austria .... only thing which is nearly similar is in the subyway. time till the next train arrives. thats all


would be good at same train crossing points ... that you can see: "ok, lets turn off the car" ... better for environment
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 04:30 PM   #40
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Brazil has it, at least in my city. (dunno about the anothers, i don't travel so much.)
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