On the stupid question front...have I finally at an embarrassingly advanced age figured out how crosswalk signals work? If I am walking directly across the street, I push the button that parallels my walk. If I am turning, I need to hit the perpendicular button?
(Not that this helps when the button post is skewed in such a way that even that overdue understanding is no help. A lot of times, I just hit both buttons to be sure...
Green -- This would be my understanding, even if the buttons are a bit skewed, hit the one that's closest to the direction you are walking.
Bold -- In which case, I'm betting that you're negating pushing any button at all.
If I am reading GreenHall's post correctly, he/she is hitting the walk buttons for both directions. This would just tell the signal that there are people waiting to cross the intersection in both directions. I don't see any reason it would cancel the request for a walk signal. I have frequently hit both buttons at an intersection when I needed to get diagonally across, because it made no difference to me which direction I crossed first, as long as I got walk signals with both lights. It has always seemed to work in the manner I describe (these are intersections where no walk signal is displayed unless someone has pressed the button).
Oh I understand now!
Yes I do the same thing. If it's an intersection where I don't know the light sequencing, and I'm happy going either way (to get diagonally across) I'll press both buttons. It definitely doesn't cancel anything out, it just means that both crosswalks are triggered to go off at the appropriate time, so whichever happens to come up first in the sequencing I'll use. (From the perspective of the machinery itself, it thinks there are people wanting to cross *both* ways - it doesn't know that it's 1 person who has pressed both! Neither take higher priority, it's just which one is scheduled to come up first if required. If I don't know which one is scheduled to come up next I'll just tell it I need both).
Okay, I get this.
If it doesn't matter to you which way you cross first, hitting both buttons would make sense. You would cross with whichever light turns first.
However, if you're intent is to go only the one direction, why would (generic) you press the other button? By pressing the other cross-walk button, don't you think that you just might have to wait for that signal to go through before your intended direction signal comes up?
In some intersections, you will only get a walk signal if the button for that direction is pressed, and in some of these, you also have to hit the button before the traffic light changes (i.e., if there's already a green light in your desired direction but no walk signal, hitting the button won't trigger the walk signal until the next
green light in that direction--don't ask me why, it's incredibly annoying). If the buttons aren't properly lined up, it may not be clear which button corresponds to each direction. To press only one button, you would have to guess which is the right one. Guess wrong, and you won't know until the light turns green and there's no walk signal, in which case you have to wait through the entire light cycle. Press both, and you might add a little time waiting for the signal going the other direction, but you know you'll get your walk signal within that light cycle.