Good marks for ‘Japanese’ crossing square in Hasselt
The so-called ‘Japanese crossing square’ at the Dusart bus stop in Hasselt (Belgium) has received a positive evaluation, although some changes will be made. The special organization at the large crossing square, where pedestrians coming from different directions can cross the road at the same time in several directions, is a pilot project since September.
“The project makes buses more punctual when leaving the city”, explains Sep Vandijck of the Agency for Roads and Traffic (Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer). “The separated traffic lights make sure that bike-riders and pedestrians can cross the road in all safety.”
“We also noticed that traffic flow improved for the buses leaving the city centre of Hasselt via the small ring road”, adds Sonja Loos of public transport company, De Lijn. “Buses entering the city still experience some problems during rush hours, though, but we’re providing some improvements.”
One of those improvements is that the minimum time a traffic light stays on green will be extended to make traffic flow for buses smoother. “Pedestrians will gain some extra seconds to cross too”, says Vandijck. “On top of that, we will provide extra line markings on the square to make the traffic situation easier for bike-riders.”