Signal Timing

Signal timing

Since our founding in 1990, one of our major goals was the retiming of Boston’s traffic signals to better serve pedestrians. In 2004, the City of Boston adopted a new timing policy to make WALK signals automatic and concurrent with vehicle green with maximum time for pedestrians, as is the standard in U.S. cities.  There are some exclusives (all-way walks, or a "Barnes Dance") for intersections with special crossing needs, such as areas with many turning movements putting people walking in conflict with people driving, or areas with many elderly residents.

WalkBoston staff and supporters are continually sending in information to the City of Boston to press for improvements. Changes have been made in many locations and we expect more to be changed in the coming years. With over 850 signalized intersections in the City of Boston, there is much to be done. 

Here are some items to consider:
Pedestrian-Friendly Traffic Signal Timing Policy Recommendations (December 2016)
Comments by Peter Furth given at the Policy Briefing hosted by Boston City Council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation, and Transportation, Dec 6, 2016

WalkBoston's 11 ways to make Boston’s traffic signals work better for people walking (DRAFT, May 2017) - Feedback welcome! Contact Brendan Kearney 

WalkBoston's Central Artery Signalization Project