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With increased volumes of people walking and biking during COVID, some of the most popular social distancing street interventions implemented by Bay Area local agencies have been signal timing modifications such as:

Improved Pedestrian Mobility

Give pedestrians more opportunities to cross the street with shorter wait times that do not require pushing buttons.

  1. Shorter Cycle Lengths: Create more frequent crossing opportunities
  2. Signal Phasing 24/7: Don’t use flash settings or require pedestrian actuation at night
  3. Automatic Walk Phase: Don’t require actuation by a waiting pedestrian
  4. No-Contact Buttons: Pedestrians actuate signals without physically touching a button

Safer Crossings

Set signal phasing lengths and timing to increase safety for people walking and biking across the street.

  1. Leading Pedestrian Interval: Pedestrians begin crossing while cars are still stopped at the red light
  2. Enhance Signal Safety Margins: Longer yellow, all-red and walk-signal phases
  3. Minimum Green Phases: Minimum green times set for bicyclists to clear the intersection

Slower Vehicle Speeds

Use signal coordination and community campaigns to slow drivers.

  1. Advisory Speed Limits: Create community campaigns to slow driving speeds
  2. Slow-Speed Signal Coordination: Coordinate signal timing for bike and transit speeds
  3. Remove Signal Coordination: Remove coordination so cars must stop more frequently

Explore more details in the Related Documents section of this page. For more information on operations strategies, please contact: Nicola Szibbo, MTC Program Manager at nszibbo@bayareametro.gov or Toshi Shepard-Ohta, MTC Principal Engineer at tshepard-ohta@bayareametro.gov.