A HAWK (High-intensity Activated crossWalK signal is a traffic and pedestrian signal at a marked midblock crossing. The HAWK signal is only active when a pedestrian pushes the crosswalk button. It provides a way to increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists while reducing the amount of delay for vehicles.
Advantages of a HAWK Signal
The HAWK signal has been safely and successfully tested and used throughout the country. HAWK signals are currently located around the Notre Dame campus, and others are being considered throughout the Michiana region. The signal is designed to aid pedestrians and bicyclists when they cross a street with high traffic.
- Midblock crosswalk locations account for more than 70% of pedestrian fatalities.
- The HAWK signal can reduce midblock crosswalk crashes.
- Studies show drivers comply better with a HAWK signal than other devices at pedestrian crossings.
- The HAWK signal is different because it includes a RED signal phase to stop traffic.
- The HAWK signal also minimizes delay time for drivers because the signal is only activated when it is needed.