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Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:15 am

There are those who press the button for the walk sign over and over and over again. Are you one of those?
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:23 am

No. I let others stand there at the crosswalk looking ridiculous.  
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:31 am

annoys me, especially the cross walk signals that emit a sound when you push it.,

2nd peeve of the afternoon: Those who push the door "Close" button while getting on an elevator, (it doesn't close any faster lol)
 
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:35 am

Yes I usually press it repeatedly in an impatient fashion and then just cross anyway on red when no cars are coming. They take way too long to change anyway.

Also in the UK at least there is a strange spinny thing on the bottom of crossing buttons which I have no idea as to its purpose.

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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:42 am

Truth is, if crosswalk buttons lit up when prepared (some do), obsessive pressures would likely only press once.

I think people press a lot because they don't believe it "registers."

We only press the elevator button once because it light up. We press the "door close" over and over becausebitcdoesnt light up.
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:47 am

I still press multiple times even though they do light up with a big "WAIT" here when pressed. It is a small way I can release some inner annoyance and sense of urgency at the inconvenience of having to stop and wait when I am happily powerwalking along my route.  

Also I don't like to think about the hygiene of pressing such buttons. Do you think they are ever cleaned?

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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:49 am

Some people press the elevator buttons multiple times, even when it is lit up (I'm not one of them).

People press the "door close" button repeatedly because they don't actually understand what it's for, and think it makes the doors close faster. There's no point in having it light up, because it doesn't do anything either way.

I do agree with having the crosswalk button light up so you know it has already been pressed.

In fact, crosswalk buttons in general annoy me when they're tied to a normal traffic light sequence. Just let the walk signal change normally, and stop being so anti-pedestrian.
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:51 am

Quoting hoMsar (Reply 6):
People press the "door close" button repeatedly because they don't actually understand what it's for, and think it makes the doors close faster. There's no point in having it light up, because it doesn't do anything either way.

Curious, what is it meant for then?

The lift/elevator in my flat doesn't even have one, only a "hold the doors open" one.
 
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:57 am

The door close button in modern elevators is for manual operation in case of an emergency. Since the vast majority of the time these elevators are in automatic mode, those buttons don't do anything.

This confuses people because some older elevators actually do have their doors close a bit faster when the door close button is pressed (they might close automatically after 4 or 5 seconds, but if you press the door close button, they close right away).

For some elevators, the "door close" button works to cancel the "door open" button, which will hold the doors open on a given floor.
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:00 am

Speaking of elevators, there was a new brilliant (not) idea a few years ago to create "smart" elevators.

Rather than pressing your floor on the inside, you would press your floor outside the elevator and you would be assigned an elevator number. Theory was that the computer would send an elevator for those going to similar floors.

Problem is that if you are at a convention, you are likely schmoozing with people in the elevator lobby. You them get on he elevator to discover there are no buttons to push!
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Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:02 am

I also am amused by the panel in the elevator that says:

In case of emergency, don't be alarmed. Just press the alarm button.
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:03 am

Quoting hoMsar (Reply 8):
This confuses people because some older elevators actually do have their doors close a bit faster when the door close button is pressed (they might close automatically after 4 or 5 seconds, but if you press the door close button, they close right away).

Rather than trying to assess the age of the elevator I will continue to press the door close button. I'm sure not every elevator operates/is programmed the same...I'm sure there are some new elevators out there where the door close button can be used to speed up the closing of the doors.

I was at T5 at LHR a few months ago and the floor buttons aren't operational - the elevator was programmed to go a set way, up to departures then back down to arrivals then back to the tube station.
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:10 am

Unless the street in question is really busy, I don't bother pressing the buttons at all. It's almost always faster to just wait for a gap in the traffic and then cross the street. It also saves the drivers from having to needlessly stop after I'm already on the other side of the street.

Quoting Aeri28 (Reply 2):
2nd peeve of the afternoon: Those who push the door "Close" button while getting on an elevator, (it doesn't close any faster lol)

It actually does in the elevator in my building, so I always end up pushing it no matter what elevator I'm in. I'm not doing any damager. What does bother me, though, is the people who push both the up and the down buttons when waiting for an elevator - that doesn't help, and it does hurt.

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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:14 am

I don't press the crosswalk button over and over because I know it won't help. At most intersections where I live you have to wait a whole traffic cycle before the walk signal turns on whether you press the walk signal once or a bunch of times. I like the signals in downtown areas where the walk signal turns on automatically and you don't need to press the crosswalk button.
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:18 am

Quoting zrs70 (Thread starter):
There are those who press the button for the walk sign over and over and over again. Are you one of those?

Absolutely, once per road I cross... Have no problem crossing on red if I'm alone but I very often walk with small kids and then need the time you get on the green light. Also, most lights here only turn green if you press the button. A problem since they often break.

Quoting zrs70 (Reply 9):
You them get on he elevator to discover there are no buttons to push!

That process can speed up the process a lot if people could learn it. But I'm sure it takes a generation.

Quoting bristolflyer (Reply 11):
.I'm sure there are some new elevators out there where the door close button can be used to speed up the closing of the doors.

There are. doesn't take long to learn if they are or not.
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:20 am

Quoting zrs70 (Reply 4):
I think people press a lot because they don't believe it "registers."

I used to hate it when people pressed crosswalk buttons repeatedly. Then one day on my usual cross at an intersection on my way to work, I pressed the button (or at least thought I did) and the signals bypassed my turn to walk. The others who walked up after me were not amused.

Since then, to make sure it registers I will press it when I get there, and again one or two more times as the light sequence approaches my turn to cross. Even if someone got there before me, I will never assume they pushed it. I've been burned that way, too.
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:29 am

Is Jaywalking particularly frowned upon in the US? There is no such thing here and it strikes me as an odd offence. Running out in front of cars is obviously stupid and likely to be much more detrimental to you rather than the driver, but is just crossing on red when there is no traffic considered jaywalking?
 
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:32 am

I always hit it three time. Once to activate it, twice because I'm impatient, and a third time because I worry the second cancelled out the first. It's about as close to the definition of insanity that you can get, but it's just one of my many quirks.
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:32 am

Quoting FaddyPainter (Reply 16):
Is Jaywalking particularly frowned upon in the US? There is no such thing here and it strikes me as an odd offence. Running out in front of cars is obviously stupid and likely to be much more detrimental to you rather than the driver, but is just crossing on red when there is no traffic considered jaywalking?

Technically, yes. But it's probably one of the least-enforced laws out there.

That said, I did know someone who was once ticketed for jaywalking because the "don't walk" sign had started flashing before she entered the intersection. I think that's called "a cop needing to make quota" or whatever it is that cops will deny is ever the case.
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:35 am

Funny thread. Regarding elevator 'door close' buttons, I only use it as an "I'm sorry" message when I get on an elevator and there is a C-level exec late to his meeting, pissed that I stopped him. Mashing the "door close" is a subliminal "I'm sorry. Didn't know you were on here, but here, let me help us get on our way faster". Although, for all I know, he's thinking "dude. those buttons don't work. I'm going to find out who you are and tell your manager you're a dumbass"

On a side note, I once held the door close button while riding the elevator to see what would happen (I was the only one in the elevator). Somebody had pressed the elevator call button on a floor, and as the elevator stopped, the doors opened then immediately shut before the person got on, even before the doors were fully open. I got a chuckle out of that... but haven't been able to reproduce it.
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:36 am

How much is the ticket for J-walking?

Quoting ALTF4 (Reply 19):
Somebody had pressed the elevator call button on a floor, and as the elevator stopped, the doors opened then immediately shut before the person got on, even before the doors were fully open.

LOL I can just imagine that persons face for a brief second before the doors shut....

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Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:37 am

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 17):
I always hit it three time. Once to activate it, twice because I'm impatient, and a third time because I worry the second cancelled out the first. It's about as close to the definition of insanity that you can get, but it's just one of my many quirks.


  

Hilarious. What happens if you lose count? Walk around the block and try again?
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Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:40 am

I am probably the most obnoxious person there is when it comes to pressing cross walk buttons, so much so that my girlfriend won't even stand near me when we're at a cross walk. I try to press the button as many times as possible, I once heard that if you press it 100 times that it'll change right away, so that is what I try to do, no matter if it lights up, or if it beeps, I will keep pressing that button.
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Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:45 am

I prefer to yell DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?? at it.
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:58 am

Quoting ALTF4 (Reply 21):
Hilarious. What happens if you lose count? Walk around the block and try again?

Well of course I would have to! Kidding of course. I would just wait a second and then do another burst of three. I'm not sure why I do it, but I just always have.
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Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:20 am

Quoting Aeri28 (Reply 2):
2nd peeve of the afternoon: Those who push the door "Close" button while getting on an elevator, (it doesn't close any faster lol)

Some elevators close the door right away. The one in my building does.
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Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:22 am

Yup. Elevator buttons, too. It's illogical and nonsensical.

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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:42 am

Quoting hoMsar (Reply 6):
People press the "door close" button repeatedly because they don't actually understand what it's for, and think it makes the doors close faster. There's no point in having it light up, because it doesn't do anything either way.
Quoting zrs70 (Reply 4):
We only press the elevator button once because it light up. We press the "door close" over and over becausebitcdoesnt light up.

Actually, on KONE's current KSS series of fixtures, the Door Open and Door Close buttons actually do light up, at least when held.

Quoting hoMsar (Reply 8):
The door close button in modern elevators is for manual operation in case of an emergency. Since the vast majority of the time these elevators are in automatic mode, those buttons don't do anything.

This confuses people because some older elevators actually do have their doors close a bit faster when the door close button is pressed (they might close automatically after 4 or 5 seconds, but if you press the door close button, they close right away).

For some elevators, the "door close" button works to cancel the "door open" button, which will hold the doors open on a given floor.

Some elevators are now equipped with a Door Hold (DH) button. This button keeps the door held for a fixed amount of time, and is cancelled if the Door Close button is pressed.
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Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:01 am

Quoting FaddyPainter (Reply 16):
Is Jaywalking particularly frowned upon in the US?

Not in Manhattan...it's more of an Olympic-level sport. You can always tell the out-of-towners - crowded on the street corner, waiting for the "Walk" sign, with no traffic in sight!
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Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:12 am

Quoting moose135 (Reply 28):
Not in Manhattan...it's more of an Olympic-level sport.

Oh, really? Then what's with the perfectly fit young people who slowly saunter across an intersection when the light is green? Amazing how the exact same people will hustle when they're gonna miss a train.

I mean, if you're gonna jaywalk, then MOVE.
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Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:50 am

Quoting iFlyLOTs (Reply 22):
I once heard that if you press it 100 times that it'll change right away, so that is what I try to do, no matter if it lights up, or if it beeps, I will keep pressing that button.
Quoting jpetekyxmd80 (Reply 23):
I prefer to yell DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?? at it.

Second method is as likely to work as the first.   

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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:07 pm

Quoting FaddyPainter (Reply 20):
How much is the ticket for J-walking?

I don't know, but it would definitely vary from municipality to municipality.
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:03 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 29):
I mean, if you're gonna jaywalk, then MOVE.

I agree with you on that, Doc! Sometimes I wonder how some people don't fall over from moving so slowly, but many of us know how to do it well.
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:22 pm

I do not press the crossing button repeatedly. I may be nuts, but I'm not stupid. There's no point - and in the UK it lights upu like a Christmas tree, clearly inidicating whether it has been pressed or not.
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:32 pm

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 33):
I do not press the crossing button repeatedly. I may be nuts, but I'm not stupid. There's no point - and in the UK it lights upu like a Christmas tree, clearly inidicating whether it has been pressed or not.

In a few places in the US, I have seen some crosswalks with a vibrating button, red LED to indicate when pressed, and audible beeps to indicate crossing status. Serves both the deaf and the blind well.
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RE: Do You Press Crosswalk Buttons Over And Over?

Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:06 am

I'm generally pretty good with the crosswalk buttons. I'll double tap when there is no feedback.

Where I have done the multiple taps is after surgery with the morphine button. I know that you only get a shot from a single DING, but there is a nice placebo effect from a DING DING DING DING. Even when it's not yet time for a payload DING.

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