CAP Project Proposal
Our proposal is to improve the timing of the traffic lights from 7-11 to the gas station along Washington Ave. and Via Enrico (see image).
This problem can cause students who walk to school to be late a good portion of the time and joggers who cross that same street to jog in place for a long time. People also get impatient and start jaywalking, because they don’t want to wait for the light. This problem also affects people who live in the immediate area who are trying to commute to work by biking or walking, they are bound to end up arriving late which could then cost them their job.
In Emeryville, CA, a better system was applied so that the maximum waiting time before being able to cross is one full cycle from green to green assuming that the person arrives right as the crossing period ends. In San Francisco, CA, most people do not wait for the pedestrian lights and end up jaywalking. Jaywalking is the act of crossing or walking in the street unlawfully or without much regard to approaching traffic. Because they put focusing in on other drivers as their highest priority, drivers in San Francisco have less time to worry about pedestrians walking unlawfully, therefore unable to always avert disasters. This makes jaywalking one of the reasons that so many accidents occur in San Francisco and why crossing lights should be modified.
Our problem is related to policies dealing with the timing of the traffic lights, which relates to government. This problem has to be solved because it has, to our experience, been a huge nuisance. It is important because if left alone or changed incorrectly it could possibly cause accidents involving people crossing the street and drivers.
The first few things we would do as a group is: follow and learn the traffic patterns, theorize methods of fixing the timing if possible such that both cars and pedestrians need not wait long, research more in-depth on how traffic lights are designed and the logic they use, consider whether applying our design will truly benefit our community.
We propose to improve the timing of the waiting period required to cross the street. Our policy tries to address the long waiting periods before the crossing light allows pedestrians to cross. The goal of our policy is to possibly fix the timing of the traffic light. Supporters include: students, joggers, some commuters; opponents to this policy include: rivers, nearby homeowners.
Advantages to this policy are better sensors in the ground to allow a more accurate prediction of traffic light signals for cars and pedestrians and less waiting time for pedestrians. The disadvantages to this same policy are drivers may be further angered due to longer wait times. If our policy is implemented correctly it will become a very valuable policy that can be applied to other locations although, if it is not it could cause more problems than solutions.