Some Oahu crosswalk buttons are uselessUPDATED 10:58 PM HST Aug 05, 2013Video Transcript
Are Oahu's crosswalk buttons useless in some high traffic areas? Push the button and nothing happens. It is something the city has known about for years. In fact, as KITV 4's Paul Drewes discovered, the city is responsible for the change. Along with all the cars on the road, thousands of pedestrians walk alongside our busy streets. mark@3:50-4:02 "In a place like honolulu, urban areas, pedestrians are a large part of our movement. For many people that's their primary way of getting around" Rush hour is spent rushing across roads or waiting for the light to change. So for many, pushing the walk button has become automatic every time they get to an intersection. Christina@13:24 "every time someone has to hit the button, if you're late and there is no one on the other side to hit the button and you're late it doesn't turn" Like many, walter chun has spent his time waiting at the corner. walter@15:35-15:47 "i've waited as long as a minute and a half sometimes. You have to be patient. Does it help if you push the button a number of times. Laughs, no it really doesn't help" Sometimes pedestrians don't even need to push the walk button at all. Mark@:53-1:05 "At busier signals, intersections the walk signal will come on automatically. So whether the person pushes the button it will actually turn on with the next cycle" The city switched to automatic signals several years ago in parts of downtown Honolulu and Waikiki, where many still push the walk button repeatedly. Steve@27:40 "usually when you go there you go pop-pop-pop, right?" Even knowing the crossing signals are automatically synced may not put an end to the button-pushing. Some say, they'll press on, just because it sure seems to speed things up. 28:15 "oh yeah, get one tap yeah...laughs" The city doesn't switch from automatic mode during rush hours to manual mode at night. It keeps those usually busy pedestrian areas synced 24 hours a day. But that is something they could change depending on future traffic patterns.