Walnut Creek city officials announced the opening of two new “scramble” intersections at key downtown locations Tuesday, in a move designed to further separate cars and pedestrians and give anticipated downtown foot traffic the ability to cross the intersection in any direction.
The intersections were opened Tuesday at Olympic Boulevard and South Main Street and at Olympic Boulevard and Locust Street. City workers changed the signal cycles on traffic lights at those intersections to reduce the risk of collision between pedestrians and cyclist and cars making right hand turns at the crossings.
From this day on, one traffic cycle will regulate the flow of vehicles traveling north and south, a second cycle for vehicles going east and west and the third, pedestrian-only cycle – the scramble – during which pedestrians and people walking bicycles may cross in any direction.
City officials said they opted to introduce the intersections due to the large amount of pedestrian traffic already in the area as well as the expected future increase in foot traffic with after nearby housing and commercial complexes currently under construction have been completed.
Planners reported one pedestrian collision at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and South Main Street and one bicycle crash at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Locust Street in the past three years, both reportedly caused by driver error according to city officials.