I recently came across an interesting proposal to improve the safety of pedestrians at busy intersections. Korean designer Jae Min Lim studied the routes pedestrians instinctively take while crossing the street. In most cases, people tended to walk outside the confines of the zebra-stripes as they approached the sidewalk.
Lim’s proposal — an idea that was short-listed in a recent Design Boom competition — is to round the edges of a crosswalk. In Toronto, this idea would be appropriate at intersections where right-turns on a red light are restricted or streets with heavy pedestrian traffic (but are not being considered for a scramble-intersection approach).
Considering that 47% of collisions between pedestrians and vehicles in Toronto happen at an intersection [PDF], experimenting with ideas like this to improve the safety of all road users may be worth exploring.