Richmond was the first city in Metro Vancouver to introduce a scramble crossing, they did so in Steveston Village. Now the City of Vancouver plans to “test” (lets face it a test to Vision Vancouver pretty much means permanent) a pedestrian scramble crossing somewhere on Robson Street. There were rumours around the time of the Olympics of having this in place once the Canada line was complete, however, the plans were apparently delayed.
A pedestrian scramble, also known as a ‘X’ Crossing (UK), diagonal crossing (US), scramble intersection (Canada), and, more poetically, a Barnes Dance, is a pedestrian crossing system that stops all vehicular traffic and allows pedestrians to cross an intersection in every direction, including diagonally, at the same time. – Wikipedia
The most famous pedestrian scramble is Shibuya, one of the wards in Tokyo, where apparently close to a million people a day cross:
Here is a list of our top 3 candidates and why we think they may be one day chosen as scramble crossings. One of them is not on Robson Street but was used as it is becoming a busy pedestrian hub.
1. Robson and Burrard Scramble Crossing:
2. Robson and Granville Scramble Crossing:
3. Granville and Georgia Scamble Crossing.
Whatever intersection is chosen, it will be confusing to motorists and pedestrians alike.
Both Toronto and Calgary have implemented scramble crossings already.
More on this as it develops.
Photo: Liam Hanham