HAWK Pedestrian Signals


Farmington Road near TVF&R’s fire station

There is a new type of traffic signal on Farmington Road near TVF&R’s fire station. It is a “HAWK” or High-intensity Activated crossWalK signal. This button-activated signal has been safely and successfully used in other US cities. The HAWK signal is used at midblock crosswalks on high traffic volume streets. HAWK signals have been found to substantially increase motorist awareness and produce a high motorist stopping rate.

Flyer: HAWK Signal on Farmington

How It Works

What Drivers See
What Pedestrians See
HAWK pedestrian signal in dark mode signaling safe for drivers to proceed.1HAWK pedestrian signal solid hand means not safe to cross.The HAWK remains DARK for traffic until a pedestrian activates the push-button. While the HAWK is DARK, traffic may continue past the beacon without stopping.
HAWK pedestrian signal in flashing yellow mode signaling the beacon has been activated.2HAWK pedestrian signal solid hand means not safe to cross.When a pedestrian presses the button, approaching drivers see a FLASHING YELLOW  light for a few seconds, indicating the beacon has been activated.
HAWK pedestrian signal in solid yellow mode signaling motorists should prepare to stop.3HAWK pedestrian signal solid hand means not safe to cross.The flashing yellow is followed by a SOLID YELLOW light, indicating motorists should reduce speed and be prepared to stop.
HAWK pedestrian signal in double solid red mode requiring motorists to stop.4HAWK pedestrian signal solid figure walking means it is safe to cross.The solid yellow is followed by double SOLID RED lights, requiring drives to stop.
HAWK pedestrian signal in alternating flashing red mode signaling safe to proceed when clear.5HAWK pedestrian signal flashing hand means proceed ONLY when crosswalk is clear.The double solid red lights are followed by alternating FLASHING RED  lights. During this indication, drivers are required to come to a full STOP, but may proceed when pedestrians have cleared the crosswalk and it is safe to proceed.

The HAWK signal looks different to motorists, but for the pedestrian it looks and works the same as any button-activated signal—just press the button and wait for the WALK signal. Be sure vehicles have stopped before you enter the crosswalk. If you have any questions about the HAWK signal or any other traffic control device, please contact Jabra Khasho, City Transportation Engineer, at 503-526-2221.