New crosswalk signal near Clark College is first of its kind in Vancouver
A new “hybrid” crosswalk that combines a red signal beacon and signs is alerting drivers to pedestrians along Fort Vancouver Way near Clark College, the City of Vancouver said Tuesday.
The “high-intensity activated crosswalk” is the first of its kind in Vancouver. It’s expected to command more attention than a traditional yellow-light signal.
When activated by pedestrians using a button, the signal moves through the following steps:
- First, the overhead becon’s flashing yellow light changes to a solid yellow light.
- Then,the light changes to a solid red, requiring drivers to come to a complete stop.
- Next, a flashing “Don’t Walk” symbol is displayed to pedestrians, while drivers see a flashing red signal indicating they may proceed with caution.
- Finally, the pedestrian beacon becomes dark and remains that way until activated again. Drivers are not required to stop when the beacon is dark.