Pedestrian signals are special types of traffic-signal indications installed for the exclusive purpose of controlling pedestrian traffic. They are frequently installed at signalized intersections where engineering analysis shows that the vehicular signals cannot adequately accommodate the pedestrians using the intersection. Pedestrian signals have evolved over the years and are now effective, sophisticated traffic controls. Unfortunately, their necessary sophistication has resulted in common misconceptions. The page answered questions about when pedestrian signals are normally installed, how they function and what the indications mean.
The content on this page is based on a booklet called "Pedestrian Signals: Are They Guarantees of Safety?", published by the Arizona Department of Transportation.