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    Get Power Walking in London - because you will have to.

    Pedestrian CrossingUnder new plans by Boris Johnson, London pedestrians will be forced to walk faster at traffic light crossings in the city. According to the Times Online, the Mayor is favouring motorists in the capital by reducing the amount of time, by up to 6 seconds, until the lights go green at traffic lights. The new timings are set to be introduced across over 6,000 sets of lights in the capital.

    The Congestion charge zone is due to be halved next year and Johnson is hoping that quicker pedestrian lights will ease traffic flow to help the city cope with more cars. Johnson has asked the Department of Transportation for permission to install the country's first pedestrian countdown signs, but road safety groups fear that these will lead to more jaywalking and collisions.

    This system has actually been implemented in other countries around the world such as Los Angeles, Copenhagen and Singapore and works very well. However 'Living Streets', campaigners for pedestrians, says those crossing the road need more time at many junctions, not less. Tony Armstrong, the head of the charity says 'Fear of traffic and the amount of time it can take to cross roads in London are real barriers to people walking more short journeys - in particular the elderly and those with disabilities.'

    Personally, I feel this would be a good idea as it will get people walking faster and keeping them fitter. It will also be good for people who sit in traffic day in and day out, increasing their stress levels at red light after red light. I am hoping it could reduce congestion, but with so many cars on the road you never know what the outcome of such a change will be.

    What do you think? Is this a good move by Boris Johnson? Or do you think we need more time to cross the road like Living Streets suggest?

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