Why are the words "Walk" and "Don’t Walk" being replaced by symbols?
Transportation engineers world wide are moving toward the use of symbol signs in place of word signs because they are easier for people to comprehend in a shorter amount of time. Easily recognized symbols also accommodate people who can’t read English.

In the case of pedestrian signals, both "word" and "symbol" displays are currently in use. Here’s what they mean:
- "Walk" or walking pedestrian symbol means you may begin crossing.
- A flashing or steady "Don’t Walk" or an upraised hand symbol means it’s too late to begin crossing. Don’t enter the street but finish crossing if you have already started.

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1. Why does it display "Don’t Walk" before I’ve completed crossing the street?
2. Why are the words "Walk" and "Don’t Walk" being replaced by symbols?
3. Why are pedestrian signals available at some intersections and not at others?
4. Shouldn't pedestrian signals be available at every intersection? Wouldn't that make things safer?
5. Is it really necessary for me to push a button to activate the pedestrian signal? Can’t I just wait for the light to change?
6. Can I count on a safe crossing if I carefully follow the pedestrian signals?