PEDESTRIAN PUSH BUTTONS

 

Pedestrian push buttons are devices that allow pedestrians to activate signals at intersections and other crossings equipped with flashing lights with the press of a button. They are generally located at either end of the crosswalk, within easy reach of pedestrians intending to cross, and must comply with Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards for accessibility.

Pedestrian Push Button Accessibility Requirements

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Federal law that requires agencies to make public facilities accessible.

  • Agencies must ensure equal access to services and communications
  • Operable parts must be usable with one hand
  • Must not require more than 5 lbs force to operate

Learn more about ADA guidelines

Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)

Guidance and standards for traffic control devices on public roadways.

  • Push buttons should be mounted ~3.5 feet above the sidewalk
  • Signs should be mounted adjacent to or integral with pedestrian pushbuttons
  • Pilot lights should only illuminate from actuation until the walk signal is displayed

Learn more about MUTCD guidelines

MEET THE BULLDOG 

Three Polara Bulldog crosswalk buttons lined up, leaning against each other an an angle; one yellow, one green, and one black.

The most durable pedestrian push button on the market

  • Rigorously tested piezo-driven switch rated to 300 million+ operations
  • Heavy-duty stainless steel button proven to withstand severe impact
  • Usable in a wide range of applications, from crosswalks to water parks
  • Sustainable operation in solar- and off-grid installations due to low power draw
  • Latching and momentary LED versions available
  • Buy America compliant; independently tested and certified to meet or exceed industry standards

    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 expected to be adopted shortly) will require that APS are provided anywhere a pedestrian signal is provided. Cities can future-proof for PROWAG by upgrading intersections to APS now.  

    MEET THE Bulldog 3

    The most durable push button on the market

    • Rigorously tested piezo-driven switch rated to 300 million+ operations
    • Heavy-duty stainless steel button proven to withstand severe impact
    • Usable in a wide range of applications, from crosswalks to water parks
    • Sustainable operation in solar- and off-grid installations due to low power draw
    • Latching and momentary LED versions available
    • Buy America compliant; independently tested and certified to meet or exceed industry standards

    LEARN

    Pedestrian Safety and Universal Access