Diagonal pedestrian crossing. Crossroads with a pedestrian crossing diagonally
Ensuring road safety -an important task for the competent authorities. Considering how many people lose their health and even their lives due to non-observance of the relevant rules, officials decided to make certain changes in the legislation. Moreover, they have already implemented them in practice. We are talking about diagonal pedestrian crossings. So, what are they? What are their characteristics?
New Markup Type
The last calendar year was remembered by drivers andpedestrians, among other things, by introducing certain changes in the legislation. In particular, now let's talk about one of them - the introduction of a new type of markup (namely, a diagonal pedestrian crossing was introduced). What does this mean for pedestrians? Now they can cross the roadway only on the perimeter of the intersection, but also through its center. Do new pedestrian crossings mean new rules for drivers as well? About this further.
What is a diagonal transition
Adjustable pedestrian crossing assumes thatpeople will cross the road at the same time as the transport moving along the roadway. In practice, this means that when cars turn, they create a conditional danger for those who cross the road. In other words, there is a risk of a traffic accident, and a person at a pedestrian crossing is not insured against an accident.
After investigating the causes of such tragicsituations, specialists came to the conclusion that the introduction of a completely separate pedestrian phase many times could reduce the number of such risks. In addition, the diagonal transition assumes that people will cross the roadway obliquely. The distance of their movement increases and, consequently, the transition time. What do these innovations mean for pedestrians? Safety and incredible convenience when crossing the roadway.
Studies of specialists who were conducted infor a long time show that the diagonal pedestrian crossing of the road is the safest alternative for improving traffic in those areas where traffic and pedestrian flows are particularly intense.
The introduction of this type of transitions was notspontaneous decision. It was carefully designed. Before entering them officially, a diagonal pedestrian crossing was introduced on ten crossroads of the city of Moscow in an experimental order. So, on the selected sites, the corresponding diagonal marking was applied. Intersections were chosen various. Nevertheless, they all were united by some common requirements. For example, the following:
- sufficient visibility;
- at least four lanes in both directions of traffic;
- presence of artificial lighting;
- the presence of specialized pedestrian sections at traffic lights;
- location in the sleeping area (transport should be less than pedestrians).
Before theexperiment, people, as a rule, in selected places violated the rules of the road, crossing the road. The best outcome in this case could be just a fine of 500 rubles, the worst - loss of health or life.
After this experiment was recognizedsuccessfully realized, it was decided to apply diagonal marking in various parts of the city. A total of about three hundred transitions of this kind were planned on the territory of the capital. What will this innovation bring to drivers and passengers? How has the action of the pedestrian crossing changed? What do experts think about this? Details are further in the article.
Reflection in legislation
What exactly is said about theinnovations in the current legislation? First, the pedestrian crossing of the carriageway is possible only through specialized transitions (it also refers to above-ground ones, and to underground crossings). If there are none, the only possibility is to move through the intersection only along the roadside or sidewalk.
In some cases, legislation allowsintersection of the road between two opposite corners of the intersection (diagonally, diagonally). However, only in the case of the presence of markings, denoting a diagonal pedestrian crossing.
A new paragraph was added to the corresponding paragraph of the legislation, which indicates the conditions under which a diagonal pedestrian crossing becomes possible. These are the following points:
- is allowed only at regulated intersections;
- It is allowed only if there is an appropriate markup.
Attention! Not all pedestrians can cross the road diagonally. This applies to places where there is a road sign "Pedestrian crossing", and to regulated intersections. The exception is made only for those sites where the corresponding marking was made. Crossing the carriageway diagonally at intersections without marking can lead to an emergency situation. There are also certain rules for its application. For example, it is important to consider the size of the pedestrian zebra. When all (and drivers, and pedestrians, and communal services) fulfill their duties, traffic on the roads becomes safe.
The diagonals considered in this articlepedestrian crossings are able to effectively improve the level of traffic safety on the road in those cases when the roadway simultaneously crosses both the pedestrian and the turning car.
It is important to understand that with the use of innovationsthe rules for the passage of a pedestrian crossing also change. In addition, the level of servicing of the intersection of this section is significantly reduced for pedestrians as well as for drivers. Its high level is typical only for an ordinary system using a standard two-phase traffic light. The only exception is the areas with incredibly high pedestrian flows. For such intersections, diagonal transitions are the best solution for optimizing vehicle traffic.
Opinion of pedestrians
How to respond directly to those in theFirst of all it is necessary to use new pedestrian crossings? In the main majority, people did not express either admiration or indignation about this. For many, this new type of markup seems convenient. After all, now there is no need to go to the right side of the road around the perimeter. This saves time to a certain extent. Others believe that this novelty will not fundamentally change anything. In general, pedestrians reacted passively enough to the opportunity to cross the carriageway diagonally at certain intersections. Perhaps, over time, having tested the innovation in practice, they will be able to draw up their reasoned opinion.
Opinion of drivers
Car enthusiasts innovate frankly notrejoiced. A separate pedestrian phase, in their opinion, can significantly disrupt the maintenance of the flow of vehicles. After all, now within a certain time cars in all directions will stand. In the opinion of motorists, this will once again provoke the formation of traffic jams, which in Moscow is already enough. Drivers, for the most part, do not understand what kind of problems the officials are trying to solve through the introduction of such changes, and they are not particularly happy about this.
Many specialists were apprehensive about these innovations and even encouraged officials to take practical measures to abolish the described solution. What, in the opinion of experts, is the problem?
Experts believe that, in this case, it wasit would be unreasonable to copy foreign experience in the Russian Federation, since the culture of movement along the roads is radically different. If the West has an executable limit of 50 kilometers per hour, then in Russia, cities travel at a speed of 80 kilometers per hour. At pedestrian crossings today, forty out of a hundred people crossing the road are being shot down, so they must be considered areas of increased danger.
Among other things, special markup asthe rule is erased in three months. Rarely it is updated with the same regularity. The driver may simply not notice the special markings and, without waiting for the pedestrian, do not lose speed while driving.
Moreover, if the pedestrian does not have time to crossroadway, he, according to the law, will have to stop in the center of the intersection. As soon as traffic begins, it becomes vulnerable to turning cars, will be forced to shift and fall into an area in which it can be brought down by any moving machine.
In general, experts identified up to a dozen problems that make diagonal pedestrian crossings impossible at Russian crossings.
Islet of safety
In addition to the described, the habitual life of drivers and pedestrians will change a few more innovations. Among them, including the island of security. What it is? And why did they create it?
If a pedestrian is on the road, he has no rightto stay on it or overstay it, except when it is necessary to ensure safety on the carriageway. Persons who did not have time to cross the pedestrian crossing (the zebra did not end, but the traffic light signal changed) must remain on the security island or directly on the line that divides traffic flows in opposite directions. Continue to move only when it is absolutely safe.
Now there is a special band on the roadwaymovement. It is intended exclusively for those who ride a bicycle or a moped. This strip is separated in a special way from the rest of the road (usually with a special horizontal marking, and a special sign, which is hung directly above the strip). Sometimes they use the new "Bike lane" sign. It no longer hangs over the roadway, but is installed from the side, like the road sign "Pedestrian crossing."
Rationality of innovation?
How correctly did the competentbodies, having accepted the described decision? To date, it is difficult to say. And although the relevant studies and experiments were carried out before the introduction of the changes, it is only time that will help to accurately understand how effective this decision was. The practice, the behavior of pedestrians and drivers, the statistics of violations and traffic accidents on the observed sites - all this will become an obvious answer to the question asked at the beginning of the paragraph.
How to react
The only thing that would be reasonable now to do,- follow the current rules. Sense to criticize innovations and prove their inaccuracy or inefficiency a bit. Where it would be more reasonable to understand them carefully and do everything that would contribute to safety on the carriageway: follow the rules for the passage of a pedestrian crossing of this type. It is important to remember that safety is paramount. No time saved is worth the lost human life.
So, the diagonal pedestrian crossing isa passage that allows pedestrians to cross the roadway not only along the perimeter of the intersection, but also diagonally (from one corner to the opposite). You can do this only if you have the appropriate markup, as well as only at adjustable intersections. To date, there are more than three hundred such transitions.
The public reacted to the innovationdifferently. So, pedestrians did not express anything concrete, noticing only that it would probably increase the convenience of crossing the carriageway for them. Drivers and experts were seriously worried. Car enthusiasts worry that due to this innovation, the number of traffic jams will increase significantly. But experts argue that diagonal pedestrian crossings will not only not provide greater security at the intersection of the carriageway, but at all significantly reduce its level.
Who is right, time will tell. In the meantime, we all should correctly adhere to the norms and requirements of the current legislation, worrying about our own safety and the safety of others.