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Williamsville Trustees Want Advanced Pedestrian Crossing

Williamsville, NY (WBEN) Williamsville village leaders are asking the state DOT to approve a pedestrian-activated H.A.W.K. signal as part of the Picture Main Street plan to make the village safer and more walkable for pedestrians.

“As pedestrian use of Main Street has become more vibrant over the past couple years, the issue of mid-block crossing has become more and more prevalent and extremely dangerous, especially at night,” said Village Trustee Dan DeLano.

“No one should feel like they are in a Frogger game while trying to cross this street,” DeLano said. “People should ‘own’ their crossing of Main. The crosswalks at Mill and at Cayuga do not provide a purely safe crossing. They have traffic in four directions with cars constantly blocking the crosswalks.”

Here's how HAWK works: activation is by a push-button. The HAWK beacon first flashes yellow, then displays steady yellow, and finally steady red over a period of several seconds. Pedestrian signal heads at either end of the crosswalk display the upraised hand (don't walk) signal until the HAWK beacon displays the steady red signal. At this time, the pedestrian heads display the walking-person (walk) indication.

As at conventional signalized crossings, the pedestrian signals display flashing "don't walk" indications when typical pedestrians no longer have enough time to cross before the HAWK beacon releases cross traffic. At the same time as the "don't walk" indication, the HAWK beacon displays a flashing red indication to vehicular traffic (the equivalent of a stop sign, indicating that vehicles on the roadway must stop), and may proceed after yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalk. When vehicle traffic is about to restart, the pedestrian signal goes to steady "don't walk". Then, the HAWK beacon goes dark and the pedestrian signal remains in "don't walk" mode until the signal is activated by another pedestrian.

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Locations : Williamsville
People : Dan DeLano
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