City helps drivers with new “no turn on red” intersection
January 15, 2013
The City of Carlsbad will soon install new, lighted signs at the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive and Carlsbad Boulevard, allowing cars to once again turn right on a red light when no pedestrians are preparing to cross. When the pedestrians are crossing, drivers will see a bright “no right turn” lighted sign.
In August last year the City of Carlsbad reset the traffic signal at the intersection of Carlsbad Boulevard and Carlsbad Village Drive so that pedestrians may safely cross in any direction, even diagonally, when the “walk” sign makes its appearance.
This new configuration, called the “Carlsbad Scramble
,” allows pedestrians to “scramble” safely to any corner of the intersection — one of the busiest pedestrian intersections in the city — when the sign says, “Walk,” and city staff say it has been a huge hit in the downtown Village. Watch a video on the “Carlsbad Scramble” here.
To allow that dedicated pedestrian phase, motorists are currently barred from making a right turn on red, and the city installed “No Right Turn on Red” signs at all four corners. However, some drivers are not seeing the signs or just turn right on red out of habit, according to city staff.
The new lighted signs will also provide an advantage for motorists, because the “No Right Turn” message will illuminate only when it’s the pedestrians’ turn to cross. If no pedestrians are waiting, it will not light up, and cars can turn right on red, when it’s safe to do so.
“We installed the pedestrian scramble to make it safer and more convenient to get around down by the beach and the Village,” said City of Carlsbad Deputy Transportation Director Bryan Jones. “We’re continually looking for ways to implement livable streets to make them safer for all roadway users.”
“Livable streets” is the concept that streets are designed for the safety and mobility of all users, whether they’re on foot, in a vehicle, on a bicycle or in a wheelchair. Watch a video on livable streets here.
Jones also reminds pedestrians that they must obey the “Do Not Walk” signs when vehicles have a green signal and stay on the sidewalk when traffic is moving in any direction, so motorists have a chance to move through the intersection freely without being blocked by pedestrians.
The new signs, which are on order and will be installed as soon as they arrive in February, will use energy-saving light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, to illuminate a “No Right Turn” message. Similar signs are used along the Sprinter passenger railroad tracks to warn vehicles not to turn right onto the tracks when a train is coming and on San Marcos Boulevard near the high school in San Marcos.
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