Peoria's High-Intensity Activated CrossWalK (HAWK) Beacon
How the HAWK Works
- When a pedestrian wishes to cross the street, they push a button and the beacon begins with a flashing yellow light that warns drivers approaching the crosswalk to slow down.
- The flashing yellow light is followed by a solid yellow light, telling drivers to prepare to stop.
- The beacon then changes to double solid red lights for the drivers to stop at the stop bar, while the pedestrian gets a ‘walk’ signal.
- After a few seconds, the double solid red lights begin flashing in an alternating pattern. At this time, the pedestrian signal will begin flashing the ‘don’t walk’ symbol with a count-down indicating the number of seconds left to cross the street. Drivers may proceed through the intersection after coming to a complete stop once the pedestrians have cleared the crosswalk while the double red lights are flashing.
- Finally, the HAWK beacon goes dark and the pedestrian signal shows a ‘don’t walk’ symbol until another pedestrian pushed the button to repeat the cycle.
Transportation Planning Engineer