Have any of you encountered these pedestrian countdown signals, see below.
I have, and at first I really liked them and though it was a good addition to pedestrian safety. I have reviewed an application for which we are requireing a signal to be revised and I am contemplating requiring these signals. It's a 4 lane and 3 lane intersection and parking on both sides so the gap to cross is quite wide. I read a study today though which deflated my confidance in these signals stating that it was either confusing to most people who don't understand the phases of a signal or gave them a false sense of security and the pedestrians didn't look out for conflicting motions with on coming traffic as much.
What are your thoughts and do you have any suggestions for making this intersection safer? I'm currently requiring wide cross walk lanes with bigger stripes, enough green/walk time, and a lane guide for motorists coming form the east and going south (top of image is north).