No-touch crosswalk signals installed across Greater Victoria will help pedestrians avoid surfaces on their outings, says the City of Victoria.
The automated features were added to 25 Victoria intersections near high-activity areas such as grocery stores, pharmacies, parks and recreation areas. Signage can be seen at those crosswalks, indicating that the ‘walk’ signal will come on automatically.
“Not only does this change help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, it also improves accessibility for those with mobility challenges,” says a statement from Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps.
In Saanich, automatic pedestrian walk signals were installed at the majority of traffic signals, according to Kelsi McLeod, communications manager for the District of Saanich. The sensors were installed at busier areas along Quadra Street, McKenzie Avenue and Shelbourne Street as part of the District’s Active Transportation Plan, a strategy for projects, actions and policies to encourage walking, cycling and transit.
“A sensor detects pedestrians and users no longer need to push the button when crossing,” McLeod told Black Press Media. “We made sure to keep these out of residential neighbourhoods to lessen noise.”
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