Bicycle / Pedestrian Safety Toolbox: Countdown Signals

San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission

The device consists of a standard pedestrian signal with standard shapes and color, with an added display that shows the countdown of the remaining crossing time. The countdown timer starts either at the beginning of the pedestrian phase or at the onset of the flashing dont walk. The timer continues counting down through the pedestrian clearance interval. At the end of the pedestrian clearance interval, the countdown device displays a zero and the DON'T WALK indication or solid red hand appears. Countdown signals are still experimental. Agencies wishing to experiment with them must submit an experimentation request to the Federal Highway Administration.

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