Touchless pedestrian push-button technology
To help keep Calgarians safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, The City of Calgary installed touchless push-button technology at two high pedestrian traffic locations in late April 2021.
This newly emerging technology activates pedestrian crossing signals without physically having to touch a push-button. When a pedestrian or cyclist wishes to cross an intersection with this technology, they simply wave their hand in front of the touchless push-button to activate the signal.
Traffic signals installed with touchless push-button technology will be marked with a wave hand symbol above the touchless push-button.
New touchless push-button locations
– operational in late April 2021
Both of these new locations were selected based on the high level of pedestrian traffic in the area.
- 10 Avenue and Centre Street N.
- 16 Avenue and Uxbridge Drive/29 Street N.W.
The cost of installing touchless push-button technology is approximately $12,500 per intersection. This price includes all material and labour.
Automated pedestrian crossings
As a result of increased pedestrian and cyclist activity since spring 2020, The City has automated traffic signals in many areas of the city to change without physical push-button activation. These automated pedestrian crossings are located throughout the city in high pedestrian traffic areas.
Automated signalized pedestrian crossings and touchless push-button technology keep the public safe from all viruses. Having fewer high-touch surfaces helps reduce the transmission of viruses like COVID-19.