How does a pedestrian signal work?
Where possible, pedestrian signals are programmed to automatically be served each signal cycle, so that pedestrians do not have to push the pedestrian button. This is often not possible due to site-specific constraints, and it is a good idea to push the button if there is one available.

Once a pedestrian indication starts, there can be some confusion as to the meaning of the signal indications. The first indication is a white walking man. The symbol means the pedestrian can start walking in the direction of the signal. This is followed by a flashing orange hand symbol. The flashing hand does not mean that the pedestrian should stop crossing the street. When this symbol is shown, any pedestrians who have started to cross the street should continue crossing, but pedestrians that have not yet started to cross should not begin crossing. The length of the flashing indication is calculated based on the length of the crosswalk and the nationally recognized average walking speed of pedestrians. A flashing hand terminates with a solid orange hand symbol. Pedestrians should not be in the crosswalk when this symbol is being shown.

Questions about pedestrian signals should be referred to the City's Engineering Department at 214.509.4576.

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1. What is the speed limit when there are no speed limit signs?
2. Is it possible to change the speed limit on a particular street?
3. How would I make a request to have a traffic signal or stop sign installed?
4. Can I ask for a speed limit sign to be installed in alleys?
5. Who fixes the streetlights in our community?
6. How does a signal operate? Is a specific signal operating correctly?
7. How are signals synchronized?
8. Why do I have to wait so long after I stop at a specific signal?
9. How do I find how much traffic flow is at a specific location?
10. Are Stop signs effective as a tool for speed control?
11. Does the City install Speed Bumps (Road Humps) to control speeding problems on residential streets?
12. How does a pedestrian signal work?