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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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Diagonal Crossings

This is interesting. Apparently City Council is going to try setting up four major intersections in the city (Yonge and Bloor, Bay and Bloor, Yonge and Dundas, and Bay and Dundas) as diagonal, or "scramble" crossings.

How it works is when pedestrians are to cross, all traffic is stopped, and you can cross to any corner, diagonally if you like. But when traffic is going, you can't cross at all. The idea is to remove the hazard of turning cars hitting people on a crosswalk. They're pretty popular in Japan, and they do crop up in some US and European cities as well.

I hate having to cross, then cross again to get to my corner, so I'll be interested in giving this a try.

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The one intersection in Sackville that had crosswalk lights while I was growing up (It had lights that actually read WALK and DON"T WALK) worked that way. I thought all intersections were like that until I moved to Toronto. I'm probably lucky I survived my first week here.

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