A motion to extend the length of time that ‘the Green Man’ for pedestrians appears on traffic lights has been voted for, ‘in principle’, by councillors.

Cllr Ciaran Cuffe (GP) tabled the motion before Dublin City Council’s Transportation committee last week.

The motion proposed the extension of the green light by one second, arguing that an extended crossing period would be a positive move for more vulnerable pedestrians who need a longer crossing time.

The motion said: “That the ‘Green Man’ period at pedestrian signals throughout the city centre be increased by one second in order to better facilitate more vulnerable road users who would benefit from additional crossing time.”

Brendan O’Brien, head of technical services in Dublin City Council, told members of the committee that the green part of the traffic sequence is the “invitation to cross”, and suggested increasing the length of the amber part of the sequence.

O’Brien said: “That would be what we would normally do. The amber time is the safety time and that’s the one that’s worked out at a certain speed per second, and it’s the one we would normally increase to ensure people can safely cross the road.”

Cllr Cuffe said he was aware that the traffic lights around the capital are linked up, and that there may be technical issues surrounding any potential changes.

On this basis, the committee passed the motion for the extension of one second to the light sequence.

The passing of the motion comes as statistics released at Dublin City Council’s Road Safety Working Together group last week showed that pedestrian fatalities are down in the past four years.