Peds

Marbelite pedestrian buttonPedestrian signals seemed to be somewhat less common in New Jersey than in other parts of the country, at least in decades past.  Many intersections that were signalized without pedestrian signals included crosswalk buttons that instructed the pedestrian to WAIT FOR GREEN LIGHT, which is something I never quite got.  I suppose pressing the button notified the controller that a pedestrian was waiting, and perhaps the light changed a bit faster as a consequence.  It gave the waiting pedestrian something to do…

 

 


newbrunswick_squarepedThe photo to the left, taken in the 1970s in New Brunswick, shows an illuminated square WAIT lens.  These signals with overhead 12″ arrows were installed in New Brunswick probably in the late ’50s or early ’60s.  These ped signals were later replaced by fiber-optic DONT WALK units that I remember from  my days as a Rutgers student in the ’80s.