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Why even have that button @ pedestrian crosswalks?


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Every morning I ride my bike up Rosalind to work in College Park. Every morning I hit the button @ South St because it's become habit. I can tell you from going to work over 200 days a year hitting that button will not change how long the light stays green in any direction. 


If they don't actually help pedestrians move through the city, why bother having them? Is there some bigger picture I'm not seeing?

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I'm not sure, but some may only be active at certain times (late at night) or only prevent the signal from skipping a direction when no vehicles are present, which may not happen much during the day. There is also a signal near me that the buttons only cause any special effect during the school zone times.

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