How to Use the New HAWK

We want to clarify any confusion there is about using the new High Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) on Hollister Avenue in front of the Goleta Valley Community Center.  Check out our two videos showing a pedestrian crossing the street (, and these step-by-step instructions for drivers and pedestrians. Want to see more?  Check out this video from our friends in Tempe, Arizona.

Driver Instructions:

This is the order in which the lights cycle:

  • Flashing yellow lights = slow down
  • Solid yellow lights = prepare to stop
  • Flashing red lights = stop, proceed with caution if the crosswalk is clear
  • Solid red lights = STOP, there are pedestrians in the crosswalk
  • Flashing red lights = stop, proceed with caution if the crosswalk is clear
  • No lights = proceed if clear

Pedestrian Instructions:

  • Push the button to cross the street. If you don’t push the button, cars won’t know you are waiting to cross the street.
  • Cross the street once the walk signal appears.
  • Stay in the crosswalk.