Human Powered Signal in Belfast 

Folks in Belfast may have noticed a very unique structure on a downtown street corner.Mike Hurley created a non-electric pedestrian crossing signal. He entered his design into the Eco-Motion downtown public art exhibition.The signal resembles a lighthouse. It has a crank handle that turns diamond shaped reflectors at the top to signal cars.Hurley says his creation could be both functional and affordable for communities.”It’s an interesting intersection of where you have cost of government, cost of the infrastructure – like 80,000 dollars to put in a cross guard. We can build these for somewhere under 5,000 dollars. So that’s why we’re doing it,” explains Hurley.Hurley is patenting his design, and says he has more of the crossing signals in the works. He plans on personalizing each one for its location.