Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"Barnes Dance" to End in Denver

The Denver Post is the bearer of bad news: the option of being able to cross an intersection diagonally will end soon in the city of its origin.

...It's an end of an era for Denver, where the "Barnes Dance" or "pedestrian scramble" was invented 60 years ago by the city's first traffic engineer, Henry Barnes, who came to Denver from Flint, Mich., in 1947 to unclog the city's tangled traffic problems.

Barnes came up with the idea of stopping all traffic at intersections and allowing pedestrians to cross in any direction.

Denver became a model of urban traffic management as the system was adopted worldwide, and Barnes went on to tackle gridlock in Baltimore and New York. He died in 1968.

One of the top reasons for the changes in the system is because RTD will be moving to four-car light-rail trains from the current three to accommodate increased ridership. That means the trains will need slightly longer blocks of time to get through the intersections....

EDITORIAL NOTE: Copyright restrictions prevent us from using their illustration, so you'll have to visit the Denver Post Web site to see the picture and the full article.

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