Did You Know?
- The City has over 29,000 signs posted on City streets.
- A Fire Engine can activate most traffic signals to turn green in the direction of their travel when responding to an emergency.
- There are nearly 200 traffic signals in Santa Rosa.
- There are over 30 Pedestrian Activated Flashers in Santa Rosa.
- The Traffic Engineering Division answers over 600 customer service requests each year.
Pedestrians Crossing at Crossing Signals
- A countdown pedestrian signal lets pedestrians know how much time is remaining to cross an intersection and coincides with the flashing upraised hand.
- The cuckoo and peep-peep sounds are direction specific. The Cuckoo is for north and south directions while the Peep-Peep is for east and west directions of travel. These audible signals help visually impaired pedestrians know when the walking person signal is on.
- The walking person that shows on the pedestrian signal appears in order to let the pedestrian know they can begin crossing the street.
- When the upraised hand begins flashing the pedestrian has adequate time to continue crossing the street, but should not leave the curb if they have not begun crossing.
- When the upraised hand is solid, no one should be in the crosswalk.
- You only need to push a pedestrian push button once to cross the street? If you push it multiple times, it does not make the walking person come up more quickly.
Pedestrian Crossings with Activated Flashers
The pedestrian activated flashing beacons are simply a warning device? They do not give a pedestrian the right of way when crossing the street, and should be used the same way as an unmarked crosswalk.
- First wait for a gap in traffic,
- Second, establish eye contact with any approaching drivers,
- Third press the button to activate the flashing beacons,
- Then proceed to cross only after the drivers have yielded to you in the crosswalk.
Pedestrian activated flashers simply help alert drivers that a pedestrian may be in the crosswalk; they do not give the pedestrian a protected crossing.
Fire Engines and Traffic Lights
A Fire Engine can activate most traffic signals to turn green in the direction of their travel when responding to an emergency.