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Pedestrian Push Buttons at Signalized Intersections

Many signalized intersections have a button you must push to activate the WALK/DON’T WALK pedestrian signal. These push buttons are usually installed on wide, busy streets.

  • If the button is pushed, the WALK signal stays on longer to allow you the extra time to cross the street.
  • If the button is not pushed, more ‘green’ time is given to motorists. This allows more traffic to travel through the intersection and reduces congestion. If you are at a signalized intersection with a pedestrian push button, you must use it or you will not get a WALK signal allowing you to cross.

Understanding pedestrian signals

Pedestrian signals tell you when it is safe to cross:

  • A "WALK" or “WALKING SYMBOL” means you may begin crossing.
  • A flashing "DON'T WALK" or flashing “HAND SYMBOL” serves as a warning that it is to late to begin to cross the street. However, if you entered the cross walk before the signal began to flash, you should have enough time to cross the street.
  • A solid "DON'T WALK" or solid ‘HAND SYMBOL” indicates that it is unsafe to cross the street. You should wait until the WALK signal appears again before crossing the street.