pedestrian stop signalWhen I’m walking across an intersection controlled by a traffic signal the white “walk” light never stays on long enough for me to cross. Why?

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pedestrian stop signalWhen I’m walking across an intersection controlled by a traffic signal the white “walk” light never stays on long enough for me to cross. Why?

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The walk light is not supposed remain on long enough to allow you to cross the entire intersection. It usually comes on for about 6–10 seconds depending on the location. This indicates to the pedestrian that they may begin crossing. The flashing orange “Don’t Walk” means do not step off the curb, however if you have begun to cross, keep going – as you will normally have enough time to reach the other side. If the walk light stayed on longer, then pedestrian could be in the intersection when the opposing traffic received a green light, which is obviously not a desirable situation.

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