At many signalized intersections, pedestrian activity is intermittent. For reasons of intersection operating efficiency, the "Walk" indication will not be displayed automatically during each signal cycle. To ensure that the "Walk" indication is displayed as well as to provide sufficient clearance time to cross the entire roadway, the pedestrian must activate the push button.
The "Walk" symbol or the walking figure indication permits pedestrian to leave the curb and enter the roadway.
The "Don't Walk" symbol or the flashing hand indication provides sufficient time for those pedestrians already in the roadway to complete their crossing. Pedestrians facing the flashing hand indication must NOT begin to cross the roadway, as there may not be sufficient time to do so in safety.
Pedestrian signals give the pedestrian certain rights while in an intersection. However, they will not protect you from careless motorists. It is therefore important to always be cautious when crossing intersections.
Intersection Pedestrian Signals (IPS)
The City of Burlington strives to implement traffic systems which will ensure pedestrian safety and the efficient flow of traffic, both of which are essential to us all. Since 1994, the City has been active in the installations of IPS devices throughout Burlington. The IPS provides a safe device to assist pedestrians crossing major streets.
The IPS includes:
- Standard traffic signal indications to control traffic on the major street
- Standard pedestrian "Walk" & "Don't Walk" indications, activated by push buttons, for pedestrians wishing to cross the major street
- Stop signs for vehicles approaching the intersection from the minor street
The IPS system is distinctly different from a standard traffic signal in two ways:
1) The traffic signal poles and pedestrian indicators are all located on one leg of the intersection and pedestrians will only be permitted to cross at that location.
2) The traffic approaching from the side streets will be controlled by a STOP sign, as opposed to a traffic signal.
Vehicles approaching from the side street will be permitted to turn onto the main street only when it is clear and safe to do so, yielding the right-of-way to both pedestrians crossing the main street as well as vehicles travelling along the main street.
IPS vs. Pedestrian Cross Over (or PXO)
IPS is a more positive and effective pedestrian crossing device
than a PXO. It is also significantly less expensive to install
and maintain compared to a full traffic signal. Although widely
used in Western Canada, the IPS is relatively new to the Province
of Ontario. The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario has
allowed the use of IPS's in Burlington and across Ontario.