Not a cycling matter, but . . .
I contacted the Online Fault Reporting System at Lancashire County Council re the traffic lights at the Penny Street Bridge crossings. The green man only appears if you press the button. This means that if you get to the crossing a second after cars have stopped at the red light, you can’t just press the button and expect the green man to appear – even though it’s safe to cross. So what happens – if you’re able-bodied – is that you cross with the red man. Or – if you’re slower or less confident – you wait unnecessarily. Not exactly pedestrian-friendly. I suggested that the green man should be linked to the red lights so that “he” appears automatically. This is the reply I got:
“Whilst I can appreciate your concerns this junction has been designed to provide a signal on demand only. . . . There probably was a very good reason at the time why the design engineer wanted to ensure that the traffic was stationary before allowing the green man to appear. I am sorry that you are delayed but I doubt very much that any changes to the operation will be made in the near future.”
I’m still wondering what the engineer’s “very good reason” could possibly have been!