CAPE TOWN ̶ Cape Town is gradually transforming into a pedestrian friendly city Where residents and visitors are encouraged to walk to where they want to be and to be less reliant on the vehicles for moving around.
This is how Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development in the City of Cape Town, described the initiative to post educational stickers on traffic signal poles at intersections.
The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) will, over the next six weeks, affix approximately 3200 of these educational stickers to traffic signal poles at intersections in the Cape Town central business district (CBD) Atlantis, Melkbosstrand, Table View, and Blaauberg, Dunoon and Potsdam, and Century City, as well as along the Myciti service trunk routes and R27, Seapoint and Camps Bay.
“We have noticed that there is general confusion about the meaning of flashing red man at pedestrian crossings. Some pedestrians and motorists are under the impression that when the red man flashes, pedestrians are not allowed to still be within the street or intersection. This is wrong,” said Herron.
“The flashing red man indicates that those pedestrian who have already started to cross on the green-man phase should continue to do so. Motorists should note that pedestrians who start to cross on the green-man phase have legal right of way over vehicles during both the green-man and flashing red-man phases. However, if you have not commenced with crossing the street by time the red man is flashing, you should wait for next time when the green man is shown,” Herron added. According to Herron the stickers display a message that is easy to understand:
>Green man: cross with care.
>Flashing red man: do not start to cross, but finish if already started.
>Red: do not cross.
“Pedestrians should push the demand button and wait their turn while the red man is shown. It takes up to two minutes before the green man is shown again at large intersections.”
PHOTO: Educational stickers affixed to traffic poles in Cape Town. Supplied