Everybody should be able to cross the road safely, directly and without delay.
Crossings should be positioned in the right place and give everyone enough time to cross the road.
We want more ‘clearance’ time to cross the road. Timings on signalised crossings should be adjusted to reflect how quickly or slowly people walk. The Green Man lighting up is your invitation to cross the road. When the Green Man starts flashing, that’s the clearance time. Currently, the time the Green Man spends flashing is based on the assumption that people walk 1.2 metres per second – this was calculated in the 1950s and hasn’t changed since.
However, a 2012 study showed that 76% of men and 85% of women over 65 walk more slowly. The team found that team found that the average walking speed was 0.9 m/s for men and 0.8 m/s for women. We know that young children also take longer to cross the road. With our supporters we campaigned to make safer crossings a reality.
The speed crossing times assume we cross at (set in the 1950s)
Men over 65 who walk more slowly
Women over 65 who walk more slowly
The actual speed many older people walk at - and some young children move even more slowly