Ever waited for what seemed like ages to cross the road, not knowing when the light was going to change? Well, have a look at this wonderful device in use in the centre of Santiago de Chile: a traffic light that counts down the seconds until you can cross, or have to stop. The less time you have, the faster that little man runs. I see how the pedestrians deal with the lights, too: they gradually gravitate towards the soonest change, often not breaking step as they step confidently into the road. I find the car drivers more cautious around them, too; they know the pedestrians are just going to go when they have a green light so they hang back a lot more than they did the last time I was here, in 2011.
When will we we see these great devices in Europe?