‘Please stop emailing me’: Mayor says crosswalk lights will return to normal

After controversy flared up in late April, the lights will be returned back to normal.

It will be a short-lived controversy.

Mayor Cam Guthrie announced that pedestrian walkways across Guelph would be returning to normal after the city decided to start automating the crosswalk lights in late April as a precaution amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a video published on social media, the mayor joked he had received 1,367,302 emails after city hall’s decision caused some controversy across the Royal City, begging residents to “please stop emailing me”.

“Because of the province’s announcement today with the economy to slowly back open next week, the City of Guelph will be reverting these back to normal,” he said from beside a crosswalk.

Lights were automated at all hours of the day and would halt vehicle traffic more often for pedestrians to be able to cross intersections and roadways.

It was criticized as “a disaster” and hailed as a “complete waste of time and energy” on social media.

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Now, residents will need to revert back to physically touching the button to activate the pedestrian signal.

(Reporting by Eli Ridder; Editing by Jack Fisher)