This note, from county traffic engineer George Webb:
In response to numerous complaints, last week County Traffic staff changed the traffic signal operation of two downtown intersections – Quadrille(US 1)/Clematis and Quadrille/Hibiscus. These intersections will now have the pedestrian “WALK” indication coming up every 1-2 minutes to allow pedestrians to cross Quadrille. Previously both intersections required pedestrians to push a button to call up the “WALK” signal and receive time to cross Quadrille.
We had many complaints from people trying to cross Quadrille at Clematis that the “WALK” signal never came up. They didn’t realize that they had to push a button to get the “WALK” signal. Under the new operation that situation will disappear.
All the other traffic signals in the downtown along Dixie and Olive do not require action by pedestrians to get a “WALK” indication – in fact there are no push buttons. At these locations, every time a green signal comes up the corresponding “WALK” signal also appears.
The positive aspect to this change is that these two signals will now operate similar to others in the downtown. The negative aspect is that many vehicles using Quadrille will now have to stop and wait where they did not previously. Previously, the signal would have stayed green for Quadrille until either a vehicle arrived on the side street or a pedestrian pushed the button. In more technical terms we have changed from an “actuated” signal operation to a “fixed time” operation.