Bike Louisville Newsroom
New Crosswalk Signal on River Road first of it's kind in Louisville
Thursday October 3, 2013
Metro Public Works has installed a new crosswalk signal for the pedestrian crossing on River Road at Tumbleweed Restaurant at Waterfront Park. It's called the HAWK system, a nickname for High Intensity Activated Crosswalk, a new system that is being successfully tested across the country and is expected to become a common traffic engineering tool.
Designed for use in locations where a conventional signal is not appropriate, HAWK is showing great promise as an aid to pedestrians who need to cross a street but face heavy traffic.
What pedestrian need to know
For pedestrians, the HAWK system works much like other crosswalk systems:
- Push the crosswalk button and wait for the standard white walk symbol to cross.
- When the cross walk symbol flashes red, your cross should be complete or nearing completion.
- You must push the button again if you want to activate another crossing.
What motorist and cyclists need to know
For motorists & cyclists in Louisville, the HAWK system may be unfamiliar. Please read below:
- If you are appraching a HAWK crossing and you see a flashing yellow light. Someone has pushed the crosswalk button and is waiting to cross. Prepare to stop.
- The flashing yellow light will be followed by a solid yellow light telling motorists to stop completely as the pedestrian is preparing to cross.
- Next, two solid red lights signal to motorists & cyclists that they are required to be fully stopped to allow pedestrians to cross.
- Next, the signal then displays flashing red lights which indicates the pedestrian crossing is coming to an end. If it's clear, motorists & cyclists can continue. If you are not stopped and approaching the crosswalk when it's flashing red, you must come to a complete stop before proceeding.
- When the signal goes dark and there are no red or yellow lights, it's the end of the crossing sequence and motorists & cyclists can continue.
See it at work
The City of Scottsdale, Arizona has produced a short video demonstrating how the HAWK signals work.
Check it out.
See an animation of how the HAWK signal works.
Questions or concerns? Contact the Bike Louisville program here.