Get in touch: send your photos, videos, news & views by texting YORK to 80360 or send an email»
Not only for drivers
TWO residents suggested (Letters, February 27) that the hooded traffic lights on Heworth Green should stay out of use. Their logic seems to be that traffic will ‘flow’ better without them.
Those who only travel round York by car will perhaps just see things from that perspective. I’m an occasional car traveller, but principally a cyclist, bus passenger and pedestrian.
Sometimes I depend on traffic lights to safely walk across a busy road. Pedestrians with mobility or sensory restrictions are even more reliant on the green man.
And let us remember that walking is the glue which joins the different bits of our various journeys. We all become pedestrians at some time.
Readers may wish to peruse the information at scoot-utc.com which details the technology that drives computer-based traffic signals. Priority can be given to pedestrian movement and specific vehicles, eg public transport.
According to the website, York is but one of many UK cities which use this system. Without it, there would be a free-for-all on our roads, with a massive increase in delays.
Paul Hepworth, Windmill Rise, York.