This subject is not as simple as it may sound. At intersections where there is no pedestrian signal, pedestrians should cross in conjunction with the traffic signals. In other words, cross when the facing light turns green, being sure to watch out for cars running red lights or making turns into your path. Keep an extra sharp eye over your shoulder for cars turning right.
At intersections where there is a pedestrian signal, cross when the "Walk" or walking pedestrian symbol lights up. A flashing "Don't Walk" or upraised hand symbol means that if you haven't yet entered the intersection, it's too late to cross the street before the traffic signal changes. If already in the intersection, you should have ample time to get to the other side safely. A steady "Don't Walk" or upraised hand signal means it's too late to begin crossing. Do not enter the street, but quickly finish crossing if you already have started.
Cross with caution
Although the pedestrian signal indicates your legal right to cross an intersection, it is important to be cautious when crossing any street. Cross intersections defensively. Regardless of the presence of a pedestrian signal, cross as quickly as possible. Minimize your time in the roadway. Always watch for turning vehicles.
In short, you do have the legal right to cross, but that doesn't protect you from a careless motorist.
Flashing beacon crossings
Safety is a priority for the Town of Castle Rock. For our traffic engineers, that means evaluating intersections where additional technology could help.
Pedestrian Rapid Flashing Beacons have been added to many crosswalks in Town. At these crosswalks, pedestrians can push a button, and LED lights will flash below the crosswalk sign, alerting drivers someone is at the crosswalk. Even with this additional visibility, pedestrians should remember to watch for cars and push the button.
There are many factors they consider as our traffic engineers evaluate crosswalks that could benefit from a Pedestrian Rapid Flashing Beacon. Using federal standards, they scientifically consider things like resident requests, school walking routes, nearby parks or trails, the number of roadway lanes to cross, roadway speed, traffic volume on the road, the number of pedestrians that use the crosswalk, pedestrian's exposure to traffic, other nearby crossings and how long it takes to cross. The goal is to increase safety and use resources efficiently.