West Hollywood Public Works is Pilot-Testing Touchless Crosswalk Pushbuttons

Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

Keep an eye out for some new touchless crosswalk pushbuttons throughout the city of West Hollywood. The city’s Department of Public Works (PDW) is currently pilot-testing touchless pedestrian pushbuttons (as pictured above). It has installed these devices at some major cross streets.

The new touchless push buttons aim to help reduce the risk of exposure to contact viruses by decreasing potential cross-contamination from one of the most commonly used public devices: the crosswalk pushbutton. The new buttons give pedestrians the option to press the button to cross the street, or they can wave at the button to activate the cross signal without touching it. They tend to work at five inches apart.

Touchless Crosswalk Pushbuttons are currently at the following intersections in West Hollywood:

  • Sunset Boulevard and Kings Road
  • Sunset Boulevard at the intersection of Horn Avenue and Holloway Drive
  • Santa Monica Boulevard and Westmount Drive

The City of West Hollywood’s Department of Public Works is also looking at two additional potential location for the pilot:

  • Melrose Avenue and Robertson Boulevard
  • Melrose Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard.

At the beginning of April, 2020, DPW modified the operation of many traffic signals and pedestrian crossings in West Hollywood so that pedestrians do not have to touch surfaces of pole-mounted buttons to trigger green-walk-modes. This was to help avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19 during the pandemic. The touchless crosswalks were synched with the Los Angeles.

Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

Modifications were completed for crossings along the entire length of Santa Monica Boulevard and at key pedestrian-crossing locations on Beverly Boulevard, N. La Brea Avenue, Fountain Avenue, and Fairfax Avenue.

Thursday, May 7 2021 – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

The city placed stickers instructing pedestrians not to press the buttons and wait for the Walk sign at the intersections that were programmed to be handsfree. With traffic increasing, the stickers have been removed from these crossing intersections. DPW says it is not making any adjustments at this point to the crosswalks and is looking at the new touchless crosswalk pushbuttons in order to ensure health and safety while providing for traffic flow in corridors for increase volumes of vehicular traffic once again.

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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1 year ago

Waste of money. Why not just use you elbow or a key fob?

1 year ago
Reply to  Curtis

I agree. If you have to worry about touching a crosswalk pushbutton, what about door handles you open to enter a building that everyone touches…and the other hundreds of things you touch that other people touch.