Pedestrian Countdown Signals are safe. They show you exactly how much time is left to cross the street.
Knowing exactly how many seconds you have left makes you think twice about risking a last second dash.
Many of us live life according to the countdown. We make decisions only when it’s safe.
Certainly we need some gauge or we’ll walk blindly into death. But we don’t need to know everything with exact certainty.
That’s why the blinking pedestrian sign is all we need. Even the most risk-averse people walk when they see flashes of red. That’s because flicking red doesn’t mean stop necessarily (in walking terms) but rather to proceed with caution.
Time threatens risk taking. But when we remove the friction and stress time causes, we make decisions based on gut. Sometimes it’s better to let our instincts take over.