CHICAGO (CBS) — A busy Loop intersection became home to a new experiment to allow pedestrians to legally cross the street diagonally, while cars will no longer have to worry about pedestrians in the crosswalk while trying to make a turn.
The intersection of State Street and Jackson Boulevard got the city’s first all-way crosswalk, also known as a “pedestrian scramble” or “Barnes Dance,” named after traffic engineer Henry Barnes.
The goal is to reduce conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles as they navigate the often congested intersection.
On a typical weekday, more than twice as many pedestrians (41,600) cross the intersection as vehicles (20,500).
During the all-way crossing phase, all vehicles and bicycles will be stopped for 35 seconds. During that time, pedestrians will be allowed to cross State and Jackson in any direction, including diagonally.
Then, drivers will get their chance to go through the intersection, without having to wait for pedestrians when making turns.