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Had a brief weep-for-joy moment while waiting to cross the street on the way home from the grocery store this morning ... a kid skipped up to the far side of the intersection (diagonally across from me) and actually READ the little sign under the signal button, then was looking back and forth at the street signs, obviously trying to figure out which street he was crossing!!! All spoiled by what was presumably his mother approaching and yelling at him to press the button (and then they stood waiting to cross in the no-button-required direction).

Ah well, one day he'll be out on his own and hopefully still have his read-the-instructions ability intact rather than suffer the far-too-common delusion that crossing buttons are magic read-your-mind-and-change-the-signal-in-whatever-direction-you're-going-instantly buttons. (I know that YOU are all intelligent enough to know how they REALLY work ... it's the rest of the world I despair of)

P.S. I'm not speaking of midblock crosswalks and their buttons but the the buttons that reside at street intersections where a secondary street crosses a major one and thus has skewed timing on the vehicle traffic lights.
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sealwhiskers From: sealwhiskers Date: 4th April 2015 17:45 (UTC) (Other places)
Always interesting to see kinds that seem to be smarter than their parents...
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 4th April 2015 20:49 (UTC) (Other places)
It's just getting to be far too rare a sight and that's depressing.

Plus I die a little inside each time I see/hear somebody hammering on those buttons under the delusion that the light is supposed to change instantly. Triple death points when they then cross in the direction that didn't require the button. A zillion death points when they've managed to time this idiocy just right so that they've actually delayed the signal for the nonbutton direction when that happens to be the way I'm going (yes, it IS possible to make yourself have to unnecessarily wait longer to cross the street than if you'd just kept your hands in your pockets with these things)

zappo From: zappo Date: 5th April 2015 16:51 (UTC) (Other places)
Oh boy, you have buttons that actually make the traffic come to a halt? What luxury! Our buttons just turn on the green walk sign when the next traffic interval comes up. If you don't press the button, you never get a green walk light here...
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 5th April 2015 17:40 (UTC) (Other places)
LOL! No, we dont', just a lot of people who suffer the delusion that that's what the buttons are supposed to do.

Or rather: the midblock crosswalks do immediately turn on a set of flashing lights at which traffic is supposed stop and let the pedestrian cross (these are usually found in front of schools or in streets that have long stretches without any traffic lights).

The pedestrian signal buttons at intersections with traffic lights (which are what I was talking about in my post) work exactly as you describe ... they don't stop the traffic immediately but merely extend the next programmed traffic interval by a few seconds to allow time for a pedestrian to cross. And, like yours, there's never be a walk signal unless you push the button. There's usually only a button to allow crossing the larger/busier street. Since traffic on the major street has the green light most of the time pedestrians walking parallel to that and crossing the secondary street get an automatic crossing signal and thus don't need/get a button. But most people (depressingly) hit any button they see regardless of which way they're going and stand there pounding on the thing if the traffic doesn't instantly stop for them. Because they've never taken the thirty seconds to think about how the thing must work ...
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