Spending time in Zurich, on holidays. Cars stop if a pedestrian or a bicycle rider approaches a crosswalk. Reliably, all the time. A marked contrast to Perth, where MainRoadsWA eliminates crosswalks, with the explanation that people get killed on them.

So what did the Swiss do differently? Innitially the law said a car has to stop if a pedestrian indicates with a hand signal that he/she wants to use the road. This apparently still resulted occasionally in cars not stopping and accidents. So the law got sharpend and now approaching a pedestrian crossing is enough to force a car to stop.

Two different approaches. One puts vulnerable road users first, the other puts cars first. We create the environment we want….


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