How Pedestrian Traffic Signals Work

Pedestrian signals consist of illuminated words WALK and DON’T WALK or the symbols of a walking person (meaning walk) and an upraised hand (meaning don’t walk). The meanings of the indications are as follows:

The “walk” or walking symbol only stays on long enough to let pedestrians know it is safe to start walking across the street.

The “don’t walk” or upraised hand symbols come 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 to walk safely across the street.

The continuous “don’t walk” or 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

When you push the button, a call is put into the signal controller to let it know a pedestrian is waiting. The signal may not change immediately. The call lets the controller know it must allow enough time for a pedestrian to safely cross the street. The signal controller does not count how many times the button is pushed. It only registers the first time and remembers it until the walk comes on.

Sometimes when the button is pushed there is not enough time for the signal controller to activate the walk phase. You should wait one more cycle for the “walk” sign. If the “walk” sign doesn’t come on the second time around, the signal is probably not working properly. You must use extreme caution when crossing under these conditions. Please report the problem immediately to our traffic maintenance staff so the problem will be fixed.


Do Not Cross on the Green Light for Vehicles

If you do not push the button, the walk signal may not come on. However, the green ball for traffic will come on. You should not cross without the walk signal. Traffic signals are timed for vehicles which move much faster than pedestrians. The signal may turn red before you get across the street.


Safety Tips

  • Cross only at intersections.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before you step in front of their vehicle.
  • Always watch for turning vehicles. Drivers may not see you.
  • Cross quickly and be alert. Minimize your time in the roadway.
  • Hold small children by the hand when crossing.
  • Signals assign your legal right in the intersection, however, you must always use caution when crossing the street.
  • Painted lines do not stop cars. Teach your children the rules of the road for their protection
  • Responsible pedestrians are involved in fewer accidents. Always emphasize safety first.

Audible Pedestrian Signals

In conjunction with the American Disability Act (ADA) the City of Victorville is installing audible pedestrian signals on all new traffic signal projects. These new audible signals are designed to assist visually impaired individuals in crossing streets.

When preparing to cross a street at a signalized intersection a "cuckoo" sound will be heard when it is time to cross North and or South, while a "beep beep" sound will be heard to cross in an East and or West fashion.

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