Pedestrian Pushbutton Accessibility Requirements

Accessibility improvements help make pedestrian facilities usable by people of all ages and capabilities

Pedestrian Pushbutton Accessibility Requirements

Accessibility improvements help make pedestrian facilities usable by people of all ages and capabilities

All pedestrian infrastructure, especially crosswalks, should be accessible to all people, no matter their age or capability. Many aspects of pedestrian infrastructure—for example, curb ramps, pavement markings, crossing times, detectable warnings, and others—are the result of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which mandates that all public environments must accommodate people with disabilities.

Pedestrian pushbuttons fall under pedestrian infrastructure and must also meet ADA mandates. Both the FHWA’s Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and Public Rights of Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) provide baseline requirements and recommendations for the design features and installation of pedestrian pushbuttons.

Download the diagram below to see the features and requirements of a mid-block crosswalk with a pedestrian pushbutton.

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polara bulldog pushbutton
polara xav pushbutton
campbell guardian wave pushbutton

Pushbuttons with SOME accessibility features

Pushbuttons with ALL accessibility features

Pushbuttons with ALL accessibility features + non-contact operation

A quick-to-install and low cost option, these pushbuttons have most ADA-compliant features.

  • 2-inch pressable surface area
  • Less than 2 lbs. required operating force
  • Two-tone audible and visual LED confirmation
  • No locator tone
  • No audible message
  • No raised directional arrow

Examples include Polara’s Bulldog, Campbell’s 4 EVR MOAB, and others.

These pushbuttons have all ADA-compliant features, including a audible locator and voice message.

  • 2-inch pressable surface area
  • Less than 2 lbs. required operating force
  • Visual LED confirmation
  • Locator tone
  • Audible voice message: “Yellow lights are flashing”
  • Raised directional arrow

Examples include Polara’s Model-X XAV2E-LED pushbutton station, Campbell’s Guardian APS, and others.

Their popularity rising throughout the COVID pandemic, these pushbuttons have all ADA-compliant features and can be activated without pressing a button.

  • 2-inch pressable surface area
  • Less than 2 lbs. required operating force
  • Visual LED confirmation
  • Locator tone
  • Audible voice message: “Yellow lights are flashing”
  • Raised directional arrow
  • Infrared sensor for no-contact actuation

Examples include Polara’s iDetect and Campbell’s Guardian Wave.

polara bulldog pushbutton

Pushbuttons with SOME accessibility features

A quick-to-install and low cost option, these pushbuttons have most ADA-compliant features.

  • 2-inch pressable surface area
  • Less than 2 lbs. required operating force
  • Two-tone audible and visual LED confirmation
  • No locator tone
  • No audible message
  • No raised directional arrow

Examples include Polara’s Bulldog, Campbell’s 4 EVR MOAB, and others.

 

polara xav pushbutton

Pushbuttons with ALL accessibility features

These pushbuttons have all ADA-compliant features, including a audible locator and voice message.

  • 2-inch pressable surface area
  • Less than 2 lbs. required operating force
  • Visual LED confirmation
  • Locator tone
  • Audible voice message: “Yellow lights are flashing”
  • Raised directional arrow

Examples include Polara’s Model-X XAV2E-LED pushbutton station, Campbell’s Guardian APS, and others.

 

 

campbell guardian wave pushbutton

Pushbuttons with ALL accessibility features + non-contact operation

Their popularity rising throughout the COVID pandemic, these pushbuttons have all ADA-compliant features and can be activated without pressing a button.

  • 2-inch pressable surface area
  • Less than 2 lbs. required operating force
  • Visual LED confirmation
  • Locator tone
  • Audible voice message: “Yellow lights are flashing”
  • Raised directional arrow
  • Infrared sensor for no-contact actuation

Examples include Polara’s iDetect and Campbell’s Guardian Wave.

Pedestrian pushbutton accessibility and cost matrix

Previously, pedestrian pushbuttons with all accessibility features had larger power requirements and needed larger solar crosswalk systems in order to operate sustainably. Innovations to the energy efficiency of these pushbuttons now allow for a smaller solar system to sustainably power them—providing fully ADA-accessible crosswalks at a lower overall system cost than before.

Explore the matrix below to see which pushbuttons are available for Carmanah’s solar system sizes.

Download this accessibility matrix