You may now have more time to cross the street in MinnesotaMoorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- Another sign that our aging, out of shape population is impacting--- even the way we cross the street.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- Another sign that our aging, out of shape population is impacting--- even the way we cross the street.
We have all been there. You barely step off the curb to cross the street and the red hand flashes: STOP. Now the government has studied how long it takes us to cross. And changes are coming. You may get more time.
In Minnesota, the state is updating 1300 traffic signals, reprogramming stoplights so that you have more time to cross streets, especially intersections with four lanes. Don Johnson of Moorhead says, it can be race against time some days.
Don Johnson/Moorhead: "It turns red on you real quick, i live in the high rise and lot of us walk and some of us don't get around as well as i do and it is dangerous."
Our population is aging, many of us are not as physically fit, and so asking cities to adjust the cross walk lights is about safety and convenience.
3.5 feet per second change will actually give people and additional two to six seconds to get through an intersection.
On first avenue North in Moorhead, this came into play during a recent construction project.
Tom Trowbridge/City of Moorhead-Engineering: "We widened the median because it is a refuge island if the median is six feet wide then the pedestrian can cross two lanes and if they can't get across they can stop and wait."
And so the old days of walking 4-feet per second are fading. We have slowed down, but during sub zero days like this.....we sure seem to be moving faster.
According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, 876 pedestrians were injured or killed last year in the state.