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Scramble crossings proposed for major intersections

By September 30, 2020November 4th, 2020Activate Orange, Future City

Orange City Council plans to install several ‘scramble crossings’ in the central business district as part of the Future City project. 

One major aim of the Future City project is to make the CBD more walkable and create alternatives for vehicles.

Scramble crossings at intersections involve stopping all vehicles in all directions for one ‘traffic light cycle’ letting pedestrians cross in any direction.

Scramble crossings would improve the CBD for pedestrian movement and would encourage cars to use alternate roads, rather than driving straight through the main street.

An example of a scramble crossing. In NSW zebra crossing line markings are not painted on the road.

An example of a scramble crossing. In NSW zebra crossing line markings are not painted on the road.

Part of Future City is about changing the CBD from a thoroughfare for traffic to a destination.

The plan is, Summer Street will be transformed from a highway into a high street, where people use their cars to casually cruise around, at a slower pace, park, then walk to various shops, cafes and restaurants.

Scramble crossings are proposed for key intersections:

  • Lords Place/Summer Street
  • Sale Street/Summer Street
  • Anson Street/Summer Street.

The intersections are similar to the intersection near the Queen Victoria Building in George Street, Sydney and in Church Street in Parramatta where pedestrians walk in any direction when the traffic lights turn red.

Scramble crossings are used in locations in inner city New York and across Japan.

Scramble crossings are safer for pedestrians than traditional intersections as they remove cars from the intersection completely, rather than relying on cars to give way to pedestrians.

Providing a safer, more convenient experience for people crossing the street is a key way to get people walking more.

Making the CBD more walkable is better for local businesses.

Have your say on scramble crossings by clicking this link and completing a survey on our YourSay Orange page.

Submissions close December 2, 2020.

A scramble crossing in proposed for the Lords Place and Summer Street intersection.

A scramble crossing in proposed for the Lords Place and Summer Street intersection.

One Comment

  • Suzan Dickson says:

    I am familiar with this type of crossing. There are pros and cons for introducing three scramble crossings in Summer Street.
    Pros
    1. Allows pedestrians to cross the street without fear of a car trying to turn the corner before the pedestrian(s) reaches the middle of the street.
    2. Enables slower pedestrians to cross the street without fear that they will be run over by impatient drivers.
    3. Prevents cars from banking up as they wait for pedestrian to cross the street, particularly if the pedestrians commence their crossing from the opposite side of the street.
    Cons
    1. Travel time is increased for car drivers as there is an additional wait time while pedestrians cross.
    2. Summer Street is still a major thoroughfare for most people travelling from west to east and east to west, due to the nature of Orange’s road system. Streets that run parallel to Summer Street are also extremely busy and, over the last ten to fifteen years, have become rat runs for those trying to avoid Summer Street. If the proposers of these crossings have not yet checked on the traffic in these streets, particularly Byng, Kite and Moulder Streets, I suggest that traffic counters are used to measure traffic.

    Despite these observations, I can see the logic in having one or two scramble crossings but not three. I would also suggest that council investigate the use of a timer on any scramble crossings they install so that pedestrians know how many seconds they have to finish their crossing. Such timers are used on the scramble crossing in Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.

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