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Florida Driver Handbook: Pedestrian Signals

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9. Signals, Signs and Pavement Markings

Pedestrian Signals - Walk Pedestrian signals show words or pictures similar to the following examples:

"WALK" or "Walking Person" lights mean a pedestrian may begin crossing the street.

"DON'T WALK" or "Raised Hand" lights mean a pedestrian may not begin crossing. A pedestrian in the crosswalk when the "DON'T WALK" or "Raised Hand" signal begins flashing should finish crossing the street.

9.2.1 - Pedestrian Countdown Signal

How do they work?

Pedestrian Countdown Signal The countdown time period is based on walking speed and crossing distance. For instance, an eight-lane highway would have a longer countdown period than a four-lane road. The countdown period starts at the beginning of the DON'T START or flashing hand phase and ends with a zero and a DON'T WALK or solid red hand.

What are the benefits?

Countdown pedestrian signals are easily understood by all age groups; they increase the feeling of safety; reduce the number of pedestrians stranded in the crosswalk when the light changes; are well suited for wide crossings and areas with large numbers of senior citizens; and are simple to install.