Pedestrian scramble

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A pedestrian scramble, or 'X' crossing is also known as a diagonal crossing, Barnes dance (US), or scramble intersection / scramble corner (Canada).[1]

One of the world's most heavily used pedestrian scrambles, the Shibuya Crossing at Hachikō Square in Tokyo

It is a type of crossing which temporarily stops all traffic. This lets pedestrians cross an intersection in every direction.

It was first used in Canada and the United States in the late 1940s. It fell out of favor with traffic engineers, because it gave priority to pedestrians over the flow of car traffic. Its safety and benefits to pedestrians has led to its being installed in many countries recently.

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  1. Highway history [1]