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HAWK Pedestrian Signal

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Q: What is the HAWK Pedestrian signal system?

A: ‘HAWK’ stands for High-intensity Activated crossWalK. It’s a new type of pedestrian crossing signal that has proven in several states to increase safety for pedestrians by grabbing the attention of motorists.

 

Q: How is it different than any other traffic signal?

A: While it looks fairly similar to a traditional signalized pedestrian crossing, the HAWK functions a bit differently. When not in use, it will remain dark. The signal goes through a sequence of six movements after a pedestrian pushes the button.

 

  • The HAWK signal begins flashing yellow to indicate to drivers that someone will be using the crosswalk.
  • It then goes to solid yellow like a typical traffic signal, advising drivers to prepare to stop.

 

 

  • The signal then turns solid red, requiring drivers to stop at the stop line.

 

 

  • Finally, the signal goes to flashing red, letting drivers know that after coming to a complete stop, they can proceed with caution if the way is clear - the same movement they would make at any other flashing-red signal.  The signal then returns to a dark state.

 

 

HAWK pedestrian crosswalk signal brochureHAWK system brochure

HAWK PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALK SIGNAL - CLICK ON IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW.