As previously blogged, DDOT unveiled a new traffic signal at the intersection of Connecticut and Morrison Street in Chevy Chase, DC.
The light is novel in its approach to ensure pedestrian safety from all comers by going to a full red in all four directions upon call by a pedestrian. Given all of the incidents around town in the recent past, it is great that DDOT is being proactive in addressing pedestrian safety.
The issue at hand, however is the timing of the launch of the light. It was discussed at the recent ANC 3/4G meeting that the light would not begin operation until the timing was measured and programmed, such that the light would synchoronize to the adjacent lights at the closest intersections. However, as noted on the Chevy Chase Listserv, the current situation is giving too much preference to pedestrians at the expensive of safe vehicular operation.
This is a great program and all should hope for its successful implementation. Let's give DDOT the time to work out the kinks.