Better Buttons Coming Soon

The in basket: Last year Kitsap Sun photo chief Steve Zugschwerdt encouraged me to watch people on foot at intersections with push-button walk-don’t walk lights to count how many times they push the button to change the light.
It should only take once, he said, but people seem to push them three or four times, he observed.


The in basket: Last year Kitsap Sun photo chief Steve Zugschwerdt encouraged me to watch people on foot at intersections with push-button walk-don’t walk lights to count how many times they push the button to change the light.
It should only take once, he said, but people seem to push them three or four times, he observed.
It was an engaging idea, but I never did it. I personally push those buttons more than once, since I can never tell when the light has gotten the message that I’m waiting, and if it doesn’t, I have to wait for the light in every direction to cycle before I get another chance.
The out basket: Better days are ahead for people like me who like a little feedback from electronic equipment to say my request registered.
Larry Hugel of the Kitsap County signal shop tells me they are replacing the dome-shaped buttons that move noticeably when you push them with flatter ones you have to depress only slightly and that require very little pressure. Better yet, a red light flashes in their center and they beep.
Eliminating uncertainty for the pedestrian is a by-product of their main purpose, ease of use for the disabled and greater resistance to vandalism, Larry said.
You can see them on some of the pedestrian signals in front of Central Kitsap High School and on both ends of the mid-block crosswalk in front of Silverdale Village. If they works as expected, the dome-shaped ones will be replaced when they require maintenance.

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