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Scramble to start in Steveston

A raised intersection featuring a pattern will encourage pedestrians to cross the road in any direction.  -
A raised intersection featuring a pattern will encourage pedestrians to cross the road in any direction.
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A one-of-a-kind intersection in B.C. will begin scrambling pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles Thursday morning in Richmond.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie will officially mark the beginning of traffic operations at a new pedestrian scramble intersection at No. 1 Road and Moncton Street, the city announced yesterday.

For the first time, traffic signals will begin operation at the intersection—Steveston's busiest. Signals are designed to stop all vehicles, allowing pedestrians to walk in any direction, including diagonally.

The $600,000 project aims to put a higher priority on pedestrians and promote walking in the village, according to planners. The intersection is raised, and a new speed limit of 30 km/h has been put in place on approaches. Left turn bays have also been added in all four directions.

Other details include a special surface treatment featuring crosswalk art designed by Carlyn Yandle (a former editor of the Richmond Review), entitled Crossover.

A half-century ago, pedestrian scramble intersections could be found in Vancouver, but Richmond is now the only city in B.C. boasting one. Scrambles are used in Toronto, Ont. and other cities around the world, including south of the border.

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