The pedestrian 'beg buttons' have been removed from the intersection of James Street South and Young Street.
By Kevin Love
Published July 20, 2017
Good news! The pedestrian "beg buttons" have been removed at the intersection of James Street South and Young street. Before:
South side of Young Street at James showing beg buttons (Image Credit: Google Street View)
Southeast corner of Young and James - No more beg button!
A beg button is a button that pedestrians must press in order to get a walk signal at a crosswalk. For pedestrian-activated signalized crosswalks, beg buttons make sense. But for fully signalized intersections that cycle through alternating red and green traffic signals, it makes no sense for a pedestrian to have to press a button to be allowed to cross with the green traffic signal.
Many cities have implemented policies to remove beg buttons. One example is Edmonton. Let us sincerely hope that removing the beg buttons at James and Young is a harbinger that Hamilton is following this good example.
With files from Ryan McGreal.
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