- Nov 26, 2007
HAWK, a crosswalk button that actually works
Ever been to a crosswalk, press the button that's suppose to make the light change faster multiple times, only to wait a long time for the signal to change anyway? Pressing the button should decrease the time it takes the light to change to red but I know they just put it there to give you something to do. Why doesn't someone just make a crosswalk button that turns the traffic light red when you press it? Finally, someone has!
HAWK or high-intensity activated crosswalk is an incredibly bad acronym and a system currently in use in Arizona that lets pedestrians control stop lights. As you can see in the video above, you just press the crosswalk button and HAWK blinks a red light and traffic stops. There are considerations when installing HAWK such as the volume of pedestrian traffic, high cost and possible confusion by car drivers. I really don't care though; HAWKs should be installed everywhere.
Greater use of HAWKs could mean more safety for walkers and has the added benefit of pedestrians finally getting some power back from cars.