BULLDOG PUSH BUTTON

Improve accessibility at crosswalks and beyond with the most durable push button on the market.

Three Polara Bulldog crosswalk buttons lined up at an angle; one yellow, one green, and one black.

Features

A yellow Bulldog button with signplate controls a flashing pedestrian warning light.

Quality components and construction

Die-cast aluminum body and marine-grade stainless steel cap make the Bulldog equipped to withstand the elements–and just about anything else.

Long-lasting and low maintenance

Single-unit design and robust components ensure a long service life with minimal maintenance, even in extreme climates and conditions.

Powerful, proven technology

Rigorously tested piezo-driven solid state switch converts mechanical pressure to an electric charge with essentially no moving parts.

Warranty

The Bulldog comes with a 5 year warranty.

A yellow Bulldog button with signplate on a pole.

Low power requirement

Compatible with solar, maximum energy efficiency.

Proven durability

We take product testing seriously. Watch the video to see what happened when we took a baseball bat to our Bulldog III.

Why upgrade to an Accessible Pedestrian Signal (APS)?

Although the Bulldog III comes with several ADA-compliant features, it is not an APS, and it is not PROWAG compliant. APS include several additional features that have been shown to improve crossing performance for pedestrians who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind, including tactile arrows, audible and vibrotactile indications, and customizable extended button press features.

Soon, PROWAG (a new set of technical specifications that are expected to be adopted soon) will require cities to provide APS anywhere a pedestrian signal is provided. Cities can future-proof for PROWAG by upgrading intersections to APS now.  

Resources

Latching Push Button Controller

The LPBCU2 latching push button control unit is a standalone controller designed to provide latching functionality for Polara's BullDog III (BDL3) pushbuttons. It is designed to mount to the cabinet rails inside a traffic control cabinet in several orientations.
Part number: LPBCU2
Download the cutsheet

iCCU-C2 Card Rack/300 Series Control Unit

Push Button Control Unit - 120 VAC Version

The LED on a standard BDL3 BullDog flashes momentarily each time the button is pushed. If a customer wants the LED on a button to stay on following a push, this Push Button Control Unit controls the LED so it stays on until the pedestrian walk light turns on. It takes up two slots in the detector and is powered by 120 VAC.
Part number: PBCU
Download the cutsheet

iPHCU3S Ped Head Control Unit for 3-Wire System

Push Button Control Unit - DC Version

This model performs the same latching LED function as the PBCU but is powered by DC voltage on the Detector Rack.
Part number: PBCU-DC
Download the cutsheet

Polara Push Button Frame

Push Button Frame with built in cup

The PBF2C is designed to mount a Polara Bulldog (BDL) push button with a 5X7 Sign, and to protect the wires and terminal block. Any Polara signs can be mounted on the PBF2C, and 9X12, 9X15, and 9X18 Signs can be mounted with the accompanying back plate sizes.
Part number: PBF2C-5X7-X
Download the cutsheet

Polara Bulldog Low Profile Push Button Frame

Low Profile Push Button Frame - 5X7

This Push Button Frame (Black only) is designed specifically for mounting a Bulldog Push Button with the lowest profile possible so that the button is less likely to be used as a foot hold for climbing the pole. It is also a lower cost option than the PBF2C-5X7 model.
Part number: PBF2-5X7-B
Download the cutsheet

Polara Low Profile Bulldog Push Button Frame - 9X12

Low Profile Push Button Frame - 9X12

This is the same Push Button Frame (Black Frame & Back Plate only) as the PBF2-5X7-B but has a 9X12 sign back plate mounted to it for holding a 9X12 pedestrian sign.
Part number: PBF2-9X12-B
Download the cutsheet

Low Profile Bulldog Push Button Frame - 9X15

Low Profile Push Button Frame - 9X15

This is the same Push Button Frame (Black Frame & Back Plate only) as the PBF2-5X7-B but has a 9X15 sign back plate mounted to it for holding a 9X15 pedestrian sign.
Part number: PBF2-9X12-B
Download the cutsheet

Polara Aluminum Push Button Cup

Aluminum Push Button Cup

This cup is designed for mounting the Bulldog Push Button to a metal pole. It has no NPT conduit holes.
Part number: APBC2-X; replace X with "B" for black, "G" for green, and "Y" for yellow.
Download the cutsheet

Polara Aluminum Push Button Cup With One NPT Conduit Hole

Aluminum Push Button Cup With One NPT Conduit Hole

This cup is designed for mounting the Bulldog Push Button to any surface and comes with one NPT conduit hole.
Part number: APBC2-X1; replace X with "B" for black, "G" for green, and "Y" for yellow.
Download the cutsheet

Polara Aluminum Push Button Cup With Two NPT Conduit Hole

Aluminum Push Button Cup With Two NPT Conduit Hole

This cup is designed for mounting the Bulldog Push Button to any surface and comes with two NPT conduit holes. The second NPT hole comes with a vented plug.
Part number: APBC2-X2; replace X with "B" for black, "G" for green, and "Y" for yellow.
Download the cutsheet

Polara Low Profile Bulldog Pole Mount

Low Profile Bulldog Pole Mount

This mount is designed for mounting a Bulldog Push Button (by itself with no sign) to a pole with the lowest profile possible so the button is less likely to be used as a foot hold for climbing the pole.
Part number: BDPM3-X; replace X with "B" for black, "G" for green, and "Y" for yellow.
Download the cutsheet

Polara Adapter for mounting a Bulldog to a Pelco or Teeco button cup

Adapter for mounting a Bulldog to a Pelco button cup

If a municipality wants to mount Bulldogs but does not want to install new four screw cups/mounts, this adapter mounts to a Pelco or Teeco button cup using two screws, and once mounted provides the four threaded holes needed for mounting a Bulldog push button.
Part number: PA-1X.

Polara Push Button Adapter Plate

Push Button Adapter Plate

Some municipalities use cast 9" X 12" push button frames that have a bezel molded into the front cover for a 2" ADA button, but this style only accommodates a micro-switch button and does not allow the customer to retrofit a Bulldog button.
Part number: PBAP9X12-PC-X
Download the cutsheet

CCU-BRKT Mount

Adapter For Mounting Two PBS' to A 4.5 inch OD Pole

This adapter is for mounting two PBF2 or the newer PBF2C style push button frames on a 4.5" OD pole (4" ID) so that they can use 9x12 or 9x15 signs and not touch. This product only available in black.
Part number: PBF2S-4.5-B
Download the cutsheet

Adapter for mounting two PBS' to a 2.9

Adapter for mounting two PBS' on a 2.9" OD Pole

This adapter is for mounting two PBF2 or the newer PBF2C style push button frames on a 2.9" OD pole (2.5" ID) so that they can use 9X12 or 9X15 signs and not touch. This product only available in black.
Part number: PBF2S-2.9-B
Download the cutsheet

Pole Cap for iNavigator Push Button Station mounted to a 2.9 inch OD Pole

Pole Cap for 2.9" OD pole

This Pole Cap is designed to fit the PBF2 style push button frame and covers the top of a 2.9" OD (2.5" ID) pole.
Part number: iNS-WPC-B
Download the cutsheet

Mounting Extender for iN & iNS Navigator

Push Button Frame extender

This mounting extender is designed to mount an "iN" or "iNS" Navigator, PBF2, or PBF2C either 6" or 12" from a traffic pole in order to extend the unit closer to the crosswalk.
Part numbers: iNS-EXT-06 & iNS-EXT-12

Polara iNS Push Button Sign Backplate 9 X 12

9 X 12 Push Button Sign Backplate

This sign back plate is designed to be attached to any iNavigator PBS or any Push Button Frame, for mounting a 9” x 12” crosswalk sign.
Part number: PBFA9X12-X; replace X with "B" for black, "G" for green, and "Y" for yellow.
Download the cutsheet

Polara iNS Push Button Sign Backplate 9 X 15

9 X 15 Push Button Sign Backplate

This sign back plate is designed to be attached to any iNavigator PBS or any Push Button Frame, for mounting a 9” x 15” crosswalk sign.
Part number: PBFA9X15-X; replace X with "B" for black, "G" for green, and "Y" for yellow.
Download the cutsheet

Polara iNS Matching Color Paint

Matching Color Paint

You can purchase cans of spray paint in the colors that match Polara's black, green and yellow powder coat colors.
Part numbers: 190-1054 for black, 190-1055 for green, 190-1056 for yellow.

PropertyValue
Placing Extended Push CallsTechnical Bulletins

Latching Push Button Controller

The LPBCU2 latching push button control unit is a standalone controller designed to provide latching functionality for Polara's BullDog III (BDL3) pushbuttons. It is designed to mount to the cabinet rails inside a traffic control cabinet in several orientations.
Part number: LPBCU2
Download the cutsheet

iCCU-C2 Card Rack/300 Series Control Unit

Push Button Control Unit - 120 VAC Version

The LED on a standard BDL3 BullDog flashes momentarily each time the button is pushed. If a customer wants the LED on a button to stay on following a push, this Push Button Control Unit controls the LED so it stays on until the pedestrian walk light turns on. It takes up two slots in the detector and is powered by 120 VAC.
Part number: PBCU
Download the cutsheet

iPHCU3S Ped Head Control Unit for 3-Wire System

Push Button Control Unit - DC Version

This model performs the same latching LED function as the PBCU but is powered by DC voltage on the Detector Rack.
Part number: PBCU-DC
Download the cutsheet

Polara Push Button Frame

Push Button Frame with built in cup

The PBF2C is designed to mount a Polara Bulldog (BDL) push button with a 5X7 Sign, and to protect the wires and terminal block. Any Polara signs can be mounted on the PBF2C, and 9X12, 9X15, and 9X18 Signs can be mounted with the accompanying back plate sizes.
Part number: PBF2C-5X7-X
Download the cutsheet

Polara Bulldog Low Profile Push Button Frame

Low Profile Push Button Frame - 5X7

This Push Button Frame (Black only) is designed specifically for mounting a Bulldog Push Button with the lowest profile possible so that the button is less likely to be used as a foot hold for climbing the pole. It is also a lower cost option than the PBF2C-5X7 model.
Part number: PBF2-5X7-B
Download the cutsheet

Polara Low Profile Bulldog Push Button Frame - 9X12

Low Profile Push Button Frame - 9X12

This is the same Push Button Frame (Black Frame & Back Plate only) as the PBF2-5X7-B but has a 9X12 sign back plate mounted to it for holding a 9X12 pedestrian sign.
Part number: PBF2-9X12-B
Download the cutsheet

Low Profile Bulldog Push Button Frame - 9X15

Low Profile Push Button Frame - 9X15

This is the same Push Button Frame (Black Frame & Back Plate only) as the PBF2-5X7-B but has a 9X15 sign back plate mounted to it for holding a 9X15 pedestrian sign.
Part number: PBF2-9X12-B
Download the cutsheet

Polara Aluminum Push Button Cup

Aluminum Push Button Cup

This cup is designed for mounting the Bulldog Push Button to a metal pole. It has no NPT conduit holes.
Part number: APBC2-X; replace X with "B" for black, "G" for green, and "Y" for yellow.
Download the cutsheet

Polara Aluminum Push Button Cup With One NPT Conduit Hole

Aluminum Push Button Cup With One NPT Conduit Hole

This cup is designed for mounting the Bulldog Push Button to any surface and comes with one NPT conduit hole.
Part number: APBC2-X1; replace X with "B" for black, "G" for green, and "Y" for yellow.
Download the cutsheet

Polara Aluminum Push Button Cup With Two NPT Conduit Hole

Aluminum Push Button Cup With Two NPT Conduit Hole

This cup is designed for mounting the Bulldog Push Button to any surface and comes with two NPT conduit holes. The second NPT hole comes with a vented plug.
Part number: APBC2-X2; replace X with "B" for black, "G" for green, and "Y" for yellow.
Download the cutsheet

Polara Low Profile Bulldog Pole Mount

Low Profile Bulldog Pole Mount

This mount is designed for mounting a Bulldog Push Button (by itself with no sign) to a pole with the lowest profile possible so the button is less likely to be used as a foot hold for climbing the pole.
Part number: BDPM3-X; replace X with "B" for black, "G" for green, and "Y" for yellow.
Download the cutsheet

Polara Adapter for mounting a Bulldog to a Pelco or Teeco button cup

Adapter for mounting a Bulldog to a Pelco button cup

If a municipality wants to mount Bulldogs but does not want to install new four screw cups/mounts, this adapter mounts to a Pelco or Teeco button cup using two screws, and once mounted provides the four threaded holes needed for mounting a Bulldog push button.
Part number: PA-1X.

Polara Push Button Adapter Plate

Push Button Adapter Plate

Some municipalities use cast 9" X 12" push button frames that have a bezel molded into the front cover for a 2" ADA button, but this style only accommodates a micro-switch button and does not allow the customer to retrofit a Bulldog button.
Part number: PBAP9X12-PC-X
Download the cutsheet

CCU-BRKT Mount

Adapter For Mounting Two PBS' to A 4.5 inch OD Pole

This adapter is for mounting two PBF2 or the newer PBF2C style push button frames on a 4.5" OD pole (4" ID) so that they can use 9x12 or 9x15 signs and not touch. This product only available in black.
Part number: PBF2S-4.5-B
Download the cutsheet

Adapter for mounting two PBS' to a 2.9

Adapter for mounting two PBS' on a 2.9" OD Pole

This adapter is for mounting two PBF2 or the newer PBF2C style push button frames on a 2.9" OD pole (2.5" ID) so that they can use 9X12 or 9X15 signs and not touch. This product only available in black.
Part number: PBF2S-2.9-B
Download the cutsheet

Pole Cap for iNavigator Push Button Station mounted to a 2.9 inch OD Pole

Pole Cap for 2.9" OD pole

This Pole Cap is designed to fit the PBF2 style push button frame and covers the top of a 2.9" OD (2.5" ID) pole.
Part number: iNS-WPC-B
Download the cutsheet

Mounting Extender for iN & iNS Navigator

Push Button Frame extender

This mounting extender is designed to mount an "iN" or "iNS" Navigator, PBF2, or PBF2C either 6" or 12" from a traffic pole in order to extend the unit closer to the crosswalk.
Part numbers: iNS-EXT-06 & iNS-EXT-12

Polara iNS Push Button Sign Backplate 9 X 12

9 X 12 Push Button Sign Backplate

This sign back plate is designed to be attached to any iNavigator PBS or any Push Button Frame, for mounting a 9” x 12” crosswalk sign.
Part number: PBFA9X12-X; replace X with "B" for black, "G" for green, and "Y" for yellow.
Download the cutsheet

Polara iNS Push Button Sign Backplate 9 X 15

9 X 15 Push Button Sign Backplate

This sign back plate is designed to be attached to any iNavigator PBS or any Push Button Frame, for mounting a 9” x 15” crosswalk sign.
Part number: PBFA9X15-X; replace X with "B" for black, "G" for green, and "Y" for yellow.
Download the cutsheet

Polara iNS Matching Color Paint

Matching Color Paint

You can purchase cans of spray paint in the colors that match Polara's black, green and yellow powder coat colors.
Part numbers: 190-1054 for black, 190-1055 for green, 190-1056 for yellow.

PropertyValue
Placing Extended Push CallsTechnical Bulletins

Bulldog FAQs

What is the Bulldog?

The Bulldog is the most durable pedestrian push button on the market. Its ADA-compliant Piezo-driven solid state switch works in all weather and endures severe impact without breaking.

Because the Bulldog beeps when you press it, is it an APS?

No. The Bulldog is not designed to communicate pedestrian signal information; it lacks a locate tone, and does not emit audible and vibrotactile signals when the Walk signal is on. At intersections where APS is needed, consider installing the iDS / iNS instead.

Are Bulldogs directional?

The Bulldog is intended to be installed with the LED at the top and the drainage holes at the bottom.

Is the LED required to remain or “latch” on when pressed?

If your agency follows current PROWAG guidance, if the button has a light, it is required to latch on.

Are Bulldog buttons watertight?

The Bulldog is tested to meet or exceed NEMA 250-6P standards for rain, snow, and submersion.