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Lord Mayor rolls-out pedestrian countdown timers

11 April, 2013

Lord Mayor rolls-out pedestrian countdown timers

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has completed the roll-out of additional pedestrian countdown timers today, including the city’s first pedestrian countdown timer at Fortitude Valley.
The Lord Mayor said new timers were fitted at three locations in Toowong in mid-March, and in the past week at eight new locations across the CBD and one in Fortitude Valley.
“My vision is for Brisbane to be an attractive and pedestrian-friendly city, and the newly installed countdown timers will go a long way to achieving this,” Cr Quirk said.
“The roll-out over the past month includes the first timers for the suburban area of Toowong, along with the first timer for Fortitude Valley outside the train station on Brunswick Street.
“These areas are all bustling precincts with large amounts of foot traffic, so the delivery of these new devices is a real win for pedestrians.”
Locations for new pedestrian countdown timers

• Ann Street, Central Station
• Elizabeth Street, General Post Office
• Elizabeth Street, Wintergarden
• Queen Street, Customs House
• Ann Street and Albert Street
• Elizabeth Street and Albert Street
• Ann Street and George Street

• Roma Street and Makerston Street
• Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
• Benson Street and High Street, Toowong
• Coronation Drive and Sylvan Road, Toowong
• High Street and Sherwood Street, Toowong

The installation of new pedestrian countdown timers follows Council’s successful trial of the technology across five busy CBD intersections late last year.
Cr Quirk said during the trial, the locations were monitored closely and pedestrians were surveyed.
“Over a six-week period more than 1100 people were surveyed with 76 per cent identifying the timers made it safer to cross and 84 per cent finding the technology useful,” he said.
“We are now investigating new sites with the expectation we will install timers at further 140 signalised intersections across South Bank, the CBD, the Valley and some suburbs over the next four years.”
Cr Quirk said the project was part of a $1 million commitment to investigate and install additional pedestrian countdown timers around Brisbane over the next four financial years.
Pedestrian countdown timers count down the seconds pedestrians have to finish crossing, once the red ‘Don’t Walk’ signal starts flashing, making it clear to pedestrians how much time they have left to finish crossing the road safely.

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