How Do Pedestrian Signal's Work?

Pedestrian signals are installed at signalized intersection to accommodate pedestrian traffic.  Pedestrian signals are carefully designed to provide reasonable time for crossing a specific street safely. 

Pedestrian signals consist of the illuminated symbol of a walking person (meaning WALK) and an upraised hand (meaning DON'T WALK).  The steady white colored walk symbol stays on long enough to let pedestrians know it is safe to START walking across the street - usually 7 seconds.

The orange colored flashing upraised hand symbol (DON'T WALK) comes on to warn people NOT to START across if they are still on the curb.

If it comes on while you are crossing, continue walking to the other side of the street. The flashing "DON’T WALK" is timed to allow pedestrians who have already started walking at a reasonable pace to safely walk across the street.

The orange colored solid upraised hand means DO NOT ENTER the street.  If you are crossing the street when it comes on, immediately proceed to the nearest curb or median island.
  
Pushing the Button

At intersections where pushbuttons are provided, pedestrians must push the button and wait for the walking person to appear. The traffic signal is programmed to respond to pedestrian demand and allow for a safe crossing of the intersection. Do not begin to cross if the or upraised hand symbol signal is on.

When no pedestrian pushbuttons are available, the pedestrian sequence is pre-programmed and will appear at the beginning of green for each direction. Wait for the walk symbol to appear and then begin your crossing.

Safety Tips

Only begin to walk when the walking pedestrian symbol for your direction of traffic is displayed.  The symbol indicates that you can begin crossing but it is important that you check traffic to make sure all drivers at the intersection see you (especially drivers making a right turn from the corner - who may also have a green light).  Regardless of the availability of pedestrian signals, cross as quickly as possible. Minimize your time in the roadway. You have the legal right to be there, but that doesn't protect you from the carelessness of some motorists.

Cross Intersections Defensively!