Pedestrian Signal Activated Near Pendergast School

Oct. 9, 2012

Daniel Valenzuela Head shot for News ReleasesCouncilman Daniel Valenzuela and the Neighborhood Services and Street Transportation departments activated a new pedestrian signal for Pendergast Elementary School Tuesday, Oct. 9, on 91st and Clarendon avenues.

The HAWK, funded by General Obligation bonds through the Neighborhood Services Department, is being installed to improve safety for students at Pendergast School. The High Intensity Activated Crosswalk Beacon (HAWK) is a traffic control device in Phoenix that makes crossing busy streets easier for pedestrians. 

"I am very pleased that a HAWK has landed in District 5," said Councilman Valenzuela. "Being proactive is key when it comes to protecting our kids.  This device will offer peace of mind to parents of Pendergast Elementary students, knowing their children will have an extra layer of safety on their way to school." 

The HAWK consists of a yellow-red signal format for motorists.  The signal remains off for vehicle traffic until a pedestrian activates the system by pressing a button. 

Once activated, the main street vehicle signal flashes yellow for several seconds, followed by a solid yellow to give motorists enough time to stop at the crosswalk. After the solid yellow, two red indications are displayed and pedestrians are given a walk signal. When the walk time expires, the two red indications will flash in an alternating pattern while pedestrians continue across the street with a flashing "DON'T WALK" signal and motorists may proceed after stopping, if the pedestrians have crossed their half of the street. 

The HAWK has a different shape and is used only for pedestrian crossings on a major street. It does not control traffic on the side street.  This is the 13th HAWK installation in Phoenix.

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