Pedestrian signal displays are used at traffic signals to enable pedestrians to cross the streets safely.
In Calgary, most intersections with a traffic signal have special signals for pedestrians that consist of:
||A walk symbol: A flashing white walking person symbol, which indicates it is safe to begin crossing the street.|
The walk time used varies by location, but is not calculated. It is intended only for pedestrians to start crossing the street.
Countdown timer for pedestrian traffic signals
Countdown timers are at intersections to help pedestrians know how long he/she has to finish crossing the street before the signal will change to don’t walk. Depending on if a pedestrian is present or how the traffic signal has been programmed, the countdown timer may time out long before the green traffic signal actually changes phases.
Pedestrian walk phase button
At many intersections, the walk phase parallel to the main direction of vehicle traffic will always activate regardless if a pedestrian has pushed the cross button. A pedestrian should take note of the push button message and push the button accordingly. At many intersections, pedestrians only need to push the cross button if he/she wants to cross the main street.