Pedestrian signals consist of the illuminated
words WALK (or symbolic
person) and DON'T WALK
(or symbolic hand). The meanings of the indications are as
A steady, WALK
or symbolic person display means that a pedestrian may enter
the roadway and proceed in the direction of the indication.
A flashing, DON'T WALK
or symbolic hand display means that a pedestrian may not start
to cross the roadway in the direction of the indication, but
that the pedestrian who has partly completed crossing during
the steady WALK may continue
A steady DON'T WALK display
means that a pedestrian cannot legally start crossing the
There are two types of pedestrian signals; those with pedestrian
detectors (Push to Walk buttons) and those without detection.
When pedestrian detectors are present they must be pushed
to receive a "WALK"
Pedestrian signals assign right of way to pedestrians; however,
they are no guarantee of safety. Pedestrians still have to exercise
sound judgement when crossing a roadway. The following suggestions
are offered in the interest of safety:
Before crossing a signalized intersection, ALWAYS
push the pedestrian detector if one is present.
Begin your crossing when the WALK
appears. Don't panic when the indication turns to flashing
DON'T WALK - there is
still adequate time to complete crossing before opposing traffic
If no pedestrian signal is available, ALWAYS
cross at the beginning of the green traffic signal display.
Whenever crossing a roadway, regardless of the presence or absence of pedestrian
signals, minimize the time you spend in the roadway.
ALWAYS be attentive and
watch for vehicles turning across your path. By law, vehicles
have to yield to pedestrians lawfully within the intersection.
However, in any contest of right of way between pedestrians
and vehicles the pedestrian will ALWAYS
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