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Cancel the jet to Milan Jeeves, we’ve got Euro Styled traffic lights now.

By johnboy 16 August 2012 19

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Andrew Barr has been enthusiastically tweeting pictures of the new “Euro Style” traffic lights on the corner of London and Akuna.

How could we resist a stroll down from The Eagle’s Nest to view these wonders with our own eyes.

It certainly is a nice level of joined up government to have traffic lights to match the new number plates.

They’re certainly less of an eye sore than the old model clunkers:

old school traffic light

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thatsnotme 9:49 am 20 Jun 13

So can we take it that these style lights have been deemed a failure? They were installed at the new intersection near the Nishi building, and were terrible – coming around the corner, it was striking just how much less visible the lights were than the old style ones a little further down the road. In the same way that a sight screen is necessary in cricket, the black background makes the lights stand out far more than no border.

Some time this week they’ve been replaced with the old style lights. I wonder whether the other ones will meet the same fate?

cruiseb 12:31 am 18 Aug 12

Dunno about the Euro style. . But the count down traffic lights in parts of Asia that count down the seconds til the lights change mean that everyone at the lights no matter which way your facing have the same information . . . And hence you are really not keen to run a red light . . Knowing the guy in the opposite direction is revving up to take off . . .

thatsnotme 9:19 pm 16 Aug 12

The first time I saw the countdown style lights was in India, and then in Bangkok. The Indian ones were especially entertaining – the traffic stopped at the red would set off with 5 seconds to go on the countdown, while the traffic on the green wouldn’t stop for at least 5 seconds after the red. The ensuing chaos could teach our footballers a lot about how to form a scrum.

I also note that the new lights at Osbourne Drive / Southern Cross Drive don’t qualify for these new style lights – we’re stuck with the old school clunkers. I guess we’re just not urbane enough for nice things out in West Belco…

Sandman 8:08 pm 16 Aug 12

The anticipation of the light changing is the best part. It’s like a mini adrenaline rush every 200 metres.

Mr Gillespie 6:58 pm 16 Aug 12

Pork Hunt: I thought I was passing through intersections to get from A to B, not to play a game of Spotto

Pork Hunt 6:49 pm 16 Aug 12

Mr Gillespie said :

Random #1: Hear hear.

Watto #23, so what you’re saying is that we should just be kept GUESSING when the lights will change? No, I prefer it if I knew how long I had to sit there (at the red), or when in advance the green light will change instead of being surprised before making it across the intersection legally.

I, on the other hand, prefer to be pleasantly surprised by the green light when its turn arrives. I suggest you carry a hand held stop watch (not the one on your smart phone) and familiarise yourself with the timings of all your favourite traffic lights. It’s a game like spoto/spotto and all the family can play…

rosscoact 6:02 pm 16 Aug 12

Hoochiemumma, they are sexxy

dph 5:52 pm 16 Aug 12

And people wonder why outsiders call Canberra boring…

Mr Gillespie 5:33 pm 16 Aug 12

Random #1: Hear hear.

Watto #23, so what you’re saying is that we should just be kept GUESSING when the lights will change? No, I prefer it if I knew how long I had to sit there (at the red), or when in advance the green light will change instead of being surprised before making it across the intersection legally.

watto23 5:21 pm 16 Aug 12

Those traffic lights with the countdown would be useless in Canberra. It would just let people know to speed up to make the green light 🙂

neanderthalsis 4:58 pm 16 Aug 12

Are the new Euro-style lights only applicable for cars with the new Euro-style number plates?

Was the french holiday of Chairwoman Katie and her partner in fraud really a fact finding mission on urban design?

Keijidosha 3:00 pm 16 Aug 12

davo101 said :

It might just be me, but I think the “old model clunkers” might score better in a visibility test.

It does take a while to get used to the lack of framing we’re accustomed to seeing on traffic lights, but LED technology makes the lights brighter and project further, which would explain why they are able to drop the framing plate. The light simply stands out more from the surrounding environment.

Mysteryman 2:57 pm 16 Aug 12

I’m surprised Barr doesn’t tweet photos of his breakfast. He seems easily impressed.

Holden Caulfield 2:26 pm 16 Aug 12

davo101 said :

It might just be me, but I think the “old model clunkers” might score better in a visibility test.

+1

SnapperJack 2:10 pm 16 Aug 12

Good thing he didn’t install “Jap Style” traffic lights. In Japan the three lights are not arranged vertically but horizontally.

Solidarity 2:08 pm 16 Aug 12

Yep…. that’s a traffic light alright…. *cough*

Deref 2:07 pm 16 Aug 12

I can’t really see the difference.

davo101 1:52 pm 16 Aug 12

It might just be me, but I think the “old model clunkers” might score better in a visibility test.

random 1:31 pm 16 Aug 12

Pft, he’s still living in the past. We need some of these: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9_HmNhKIo8

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