Countdown Signals for Pedestrians in Germany


In 2005 the local government of Hamburg voted for a pilot project to prove countdown signals the first time in Germany. In the first step a pedestrian crossing in the Central Business District was equipped with countdown RED signals for pedestrians. As a simplified test of effectiveness a before-and-after-study was carried out covering the following aspects: traffic volume of cars and pedestrians, delay and acceptance of the signals. The two pillar approach consists of a traffic engineering survey and roadside interviews.

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