I'm a bit perplexed by word that Philadelphia is considering implementing pedestrian count-down timers
, which alert folks to the amount of time before the light changes, at its cross-walks. This is handy technology, but the article's opening sentence captures my confusion:
A Philadelphia City Council member wants to add "pedestrian countdown timers" to augment those blinking walk and don't walk icons at city intersections.
Now I don't know about you, but I walk almost everywhere I go, other than the commute to work, and, um, 95% of the intersections that I encounter don't have any walk signs at all
right now . . . ?