Barnes Dance


A Barnes Dance crossing in Chicago, via Kevin Zolkiewicz/Flickr

At many intersections throughout the city, pedestrians who have the walk signal still have to contend with vehicles turning left or right. But at some of Manhattan’s busiest crossings, the city may bring back the “Barnes Dance” system, which stops traffic in all directions, allowing pedestrians to cross to any corner, including diagonally. As Gothamist reports, yesterday the City Council unanimously passed legislation that requires the Department of Transportation to conduct a feasibility study about implementing these systems at 25 of the most high-crash intersections.

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