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COVID-19: Traffic signal times, pedestrian crossing signal push button reminder

For immediate release: April 16, 2020 - 6:49pm

The City is doing its part to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases in Saskatoon. We have made many staffing and service changes so that people remain physically apart from one another. This way we can all work together by staying apart – it will protect the health of essential frontline health, core service delivery workers and first-responders. These actions in turn protect all of us.

Pedestrian crossing signal push buttons

As a reminder, the City has made adjustments to 59 of the high-use pedestrian crossing intersections in Saskatoon. Vehicles may notice a slightly longer wait at these high-use pedestrian crossing intersections as a result. These specific pedestrian crossing signals work without the need to push the activation buttons.

Signage is also installed reminding people to not touch the buttons. It is not feasible to remove the push buttons because they are needed for people with visual impairments who rely on the audible pedestrian system which is activated through the push buttons.   

In keeping with public health guidelines, residents should avoid using their hands to touch shared surfaces in the public like pedestrian push buttons, and also other common items such as handrails and benches.  Always wash your hands as soon as you return home or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.