First,a couple ofcuriosities about traffic lights:there are about34,000 traffic lightsin Barcelona; the first onewasinstalledat the intersectionofBalmes and Provençaamong criticism about if it was necessaryand many people had the opinionthat those lights would have nofuture in the city.
I remember that some yearsago there was acontroversyin La Vanguardiaabout the timethat the traffic lights remained green for pedestrians. Most people's opinionwasthatthe time for pedestrians to cross was actually too short, especially onwide streetsasAragonor the Diagonal.
Irememberthat the Council promised then to improve traffic light timing and I haven't heard about the subject in quite a long time.I am not sure if now pedestrians have more time to cross, but what I know for sure is that it isvirtuallyimpossibleto cross thestreets after the greenlight starts to flash.I am an average, healthy, non-disabled"youngadult".I wouldn't like to figure out whatit must be foran elder personorsomeoneusing crutches,for example!
I have done alittlechecking myselfand it could be said that you'd better start runningifthe little green man starts to blink while you arecrossing the street.In the corner of Sicília and Aragó,for example, you havelessthan 6 secondsto cross7lanes.Andin most streetsof the Eixample flashing time is about 3seconds! That is a bit too tight! Is that perhaps to encourage sport among the citizens?