Public Information Officer
Did you know Tempe has two HAWKS? No, not the bird, but unique pedestrian beacon signals called High-intensity Activated crossWalKs – or HAWKs. Located at Tempe’s Western Canal multi-use path, this signaling system is designed to make crossing easier for pedestrians, bicyclists and other path users while minimizing the wait time for motorists.
The pedestrian beacon signals are located just north of Elliot Road at the Western Canal on Rural Road and McClintock Drive. The signal is designed without a green light and remains dark until a path user activates the signal. For instructions on how to use the HAWK beacon signal, watch our video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x92c5SHc8yM
How does the HAWK work? For pedestrians and bicyclists:
• When you approach the signal, a solid “don’t walk” symbol will be displayed.
• To cross the street, press the button to activate the beacon signal.
• After several seconds, the pedestrian “walk” symbol illuminates.
• When the “walk” symbol is illuminated, you may cross the street while watching for oncoming traffic.
• After the “walk” time is complete, a flashing “don’t walk” symbol will appear and you should finish crossing the street.
• Do not begin to cross the street during the flashing “don’t walk” symbol.
• Once the signal cycle is complete, a solid “don’t walk” symbol is displayed.
• The beacon signal will flash yellow for several seconds and then change to solid yellow, letting you know that you need to prepare to stop.
• The beacon signal then turns solid red letting you know that you must stop.
• The beacon signal then displays an alternating flashing red light.
• After coming to a complete stop and making sure there are no pedestrians in the crosswalk, you are then allowed to proceed through the crossing even though the beacon signal is flashing red.
• Once the pedestrian is safely through the intersection, the signal will turn off.
About the Western Canal:
The six-mile multi-use path, which is accessible to people in wheelchairs, runs along the banks of the Western Canal between Arizona Mills and Price Road in central Tempe. Path amenities include lighting, landscaping and a public art element designed by Tempe artist Laurie Lundquist. The public art consists of LED illuminated columns at all path trailheads that serve to mark the path.