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Crosswalk Improvements in Old Town

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(Hollister Ave Crosswalk Enhancement at Goleta Valley Community Center Hawk Project)

How to Use a HAWK Signal


The project upgraded the existing crosswalk on Hollister Avenue at the Goleta Community Center by installing a High Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) system to replace the existing flashing beacon. The pedestrian activated HAWK system has proven to be highly visible to oncoming traffic, competing better with surrounding visual distractions.

Learn how to use a HAWK Signal:

Step-by-step instructions

Video of the HAWK signal in use

HAWK Complete    HAWK Complete_red light

Purpose and Need

According to pedestrian reports, drivers along Hollister Avenue have a low compliance rate with the existing pedestrian activated flashing beacon system located at the crosswalk. The existing flashing beacon does not seem to capture the driver’s attention at the 5 lane road section. Pedestrians must wait for gaps in traffic to cross the street safely. The HAWK system has success in grabbing drivers’ attention and increasing compliance to stop for pedestrians at the crosswalk.

Strategic Plan Goals

Strengthen Infrastructure.

Return Old Town to be the Vital Center of the City.

Maintain a Safe Community.

Funding Sources

Funding for this project is a combination of Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) and  Transportation Development Account (TDA) funds.

Current Phase

This project has been completed. 


James Winslow

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