How Small Changes to Traffic Signals can Make Walking Better

Speaker: Prof. David Levinson

Scheduled in program: Saturday, 25th November 04:30 - 05:00 PM


Keynote in Theme: Making it There

Traffic signals give priority to motor vehicles over pedestrians. This inequality undermines many of the stated goals of transport, health and environment policy.

US civil engineer and transportation analyst Professor David Levinson discusses how traffic signals reduce pedestrian accessibility, and what can be done about it.

A professor at Sydney University since 2017, David says typical traffic signals in a city reduce the radius being reached on foot by 24% This means a 45% loss in the number of areas and opportunities that a pedestrian can reach compared with 100 years ago.