This is the intersection of George & Bathurst Streets in the centre of the city early on a Monday morning, although the morning peak has ebbed. This intersection, and the intersection at the corner of Park & Pitt Streets are helping the City Council with research into pedestrian behaviour.
The number countdown is a new innovation (Hah!). Apparently, pedestrians nip across whenever the feeling takes them. Really! I never noticed. Duh! Now they will know they only have 9 or fewer seconds before Donne's bell tolls for them.
Fearless prediction: I bet it excites behaviour rather than quells it.