Telegraph.co.uk: Most traffic lights should be torn up as they make roads less safe, one of Europe’s leading road engineers said yesterday.
Hans Monderman, a traffic planner involved in a Brussels-backed project known as Shared Space, said that taking lights away helped motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to co-exist more happily and safely.
Residents of the northern Dutch town of Drachten have already been used as guinea-pigs in an experiment which has seen nearly all the traffic lights stripped from their streets.
Only three of the 15 sets in the town of 50,000 remain and they will be gone within a couple of years.
Couldn’t agree more. Traffic-light-controlled pedestrian crossings are a particular peeve, both as a pedestrian and an occasional driver: I always have to wait.