Banff Avenue has high pedestrian volumes – an average of 1,000 pedestrians per hour and over 3,000 per hour during peak periods in the summer. These conditions make scramble crosswalk intersections effective as they permit diagonal crossings for pedestrians (making pedestrian movements more efficient) and it provides vehicles the opportunity to move through the intersection without interruptions from pedestrians.
The increased efficiency associated with moving through the intersection for both pedestrians and motorists outweighs the increased delays. However, your wait is shorter than you think. Motorists are waiting an additional 30 seconds per cycle at most (compared to timings prior to the scramble operations) and pedestrians up to an extra 37 seconds per cycle. These wait times are reduced in the winter as the traffic signals operate with a shorter cycle length.