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The Star: March 23, 2017

The Star: March 23,

GET CLICKING Send us your best photos P23 Thursday, March 23, 2017 GREAT FOOD Prepare for winter by having a pumpkin curry recipe on hand P39 Home Leisure SHOW June 30 – July 2 EXHIBITORS BOOK NOW & The best read and largest circulating newspaper in Christchurch Keagan rides on after near-death experience Keagan Girdlestone was thought to be dead after a horror crash in Italy in June. He has since made an inspirational recovery and on Saturday will return to Le Race, the cycling event he became the youngest ever winner of in 2014, as a 16-year-old. Story, page 3 021 914 5656 Traffic signals time phases under scrutiny • By Bridget Rutherford THE TIMING of the city’s amber traffic signals could be altered by up to a second, in a bid to curb the growing red light-running epidemic. The Star can reveal a multiagency group, of the Canterbury Transport Operation Centre, city council, NZ Transport Agency and police, has been working since October on the project. The length of the amber traffic signal could be changed by up to 1sec. Currently, it sits between 3.5sec and 5.2sec, depending on the speed limit and the intersection’s width. CTOC manager Ryan Cooney said the group was also looking at changing the “all-red phase” between 0.5sec to 1sec. That was when every signal was red at the same time at an intersection, which gives time to clear it of vehicles before the next green phase. Currently, it was timed for between 2sec and 3.5sec. Mr Cooney said the group would choose whether it reduced or increased the times by analysing “whatever gives us that outcome of improved safety.” He said the project was still in its initial stages and a trial would have to be undertaken. •Turn to page 4