The name alone seems worthy of an eyebrow raise. Scramble? Really? That's the term city planning engineers have assigned to crosswalks where the traffic signals are set so that all vehicles stop in all directions at the same time. The idea is that the entire intersection becomes a crosswalk. During the ensuing interval, pedestrians can cross in any direction they want – even diagonally. Scramble, indeed.
Some in the San Francisco area may be familiar with these unusual intersections. There are a few of them around the city. The latest opened recently in Chinatown at the busy crossing at Kearny and Clay streets. Experts call it a positive step forward in the city's Vision Zero SF effort. Will the scramble reduce injuries or deaths due to vehicle-pedestrian accidents? Officials hope so.