Pedestrian priority at road crossings to be improved
From Monday 8 June 2020, Perth & Kinross Council will begin a programme of works to automate traffic signal and pedestrian crossing push buttons throughout the local area, as part of the successful bid to the Scottish Government's Spaces for People initiative.
The aim behind this measure is to reduce the risk of cross-contamination and improve pedestrian priority throughout the area.
Traffic signal junctions will be set with an automatic pedestrian phase, while standalone pedestrian crossings will use detectors to identify when someone is waiting to cross and activate a crossing period for them. This means that pedestrians will not need to push a button and will instead only have to wait for the green man to appear.
The works will be carried out in phases over the next few weeks, given the large number of traffic signal and pedestrian crossing push buttons in operation locally. Signage will be put up as each location is automated to advise pedestrians.
The Council has also consulted as part of developing the Spaces for People proposals with Vision PK in relation to ways to support road users with a visual impairment.
Spaces for People
Funded by Transport Scotland and administered by Sustrans Scotland, Spaces for People is a new, temporary infrastructure programme in Scotland which offers funding and support to make it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for essential trips and exercise during Covid-19.