Does Pushing the Pedestrian Crossing Button Actually do Anything?

Does Pushing the Pedestrian Crossing Button Actually do Anything?

Taylor K.8th October 2019

Have you ever stood at a pedestrian crossing and wondered if pressing the button actually changes traffic conditions? 

Here at KERB we are just as curious, so keep reading because we’ve done the research for you!

Spokespeople representing Transport and Main Roads from different states of Australia have suggested that pressing the button affects traffic conditions differently in each state! Who would have guessed?!

Here’s a hot tip for locals or tourists of Western Australian and Tasmania. You will find that pressing the button does, in fact, change traffic conditions! It’s important to do this as it activates signals and interrupts the current traffic light cycle.

On the other hand, in New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, and Southern Australia, you’ll find that the majority of the time, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings are run on an automatic cycle between peak traffic periods. Therefore, putting it lightly, pressing the button is useless. That said, outside of peak traffic times, pressing the button is what will make the traffic lights change at a different pace. So, I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry? 

Ultimately, the answer to the question everyone’s dying to know is… no. No, pressing the pedestrian button multiple times, with or without great force or speed, does not bring the green man up any faster. However, if it helps you pass the time, then sure, go for it!

We can’t help you speed up the your commute on foot, but when it comes to parking you’ll always be saving time when you use the KERB app. Download the app today to find your next low cost convenient parking space. 


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