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May 13, 2020

Ain’t too proud to beg button

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

I was really glad to see this post from the City of Alameda’s Facebook page about disabling beg buttons at key intersections.  The other day I was out walking? scootering?  something outdoors and I thoughtlessly used my hand to trigger the beg button because you’re just sort of programmed to do it and ended up with a contaminated hand until I could get to some place to wash.

Can we just disable all beg buttons forever and forever everywhere?  The funny thing is that before the whole COVID-19 thing I was telling someone that disabling beg buttons should be viewed though a public health lens.  Unless we’re all going to start walking around with those COVID keys that look like brass knuckles to open doors and push buttons, we’re going to need to think about how we interact with public spaces.  Until, hopefully, there’s a reliable vaccine.

Oh, also the new bike lane at the intersection of 5th Street and RAMP doesn’t trigger the light.  You have to wait  for a car to help out to trigger the right of way.



  1. I have always believed that those “beg” buttons aren’t hooked up to anything, they were just there to make us feel like we had some sort of control.

    Comment by trumpisaracist — May 13, 2020 @ 5:18 pm

  2. As the term implies, no one should have to beg to safely cross the street.
    In the Downtown area we got the City to ‘undo’ the need to press the buttons along most of Park Street. Also to give a 3 sec head start to pedestrians.

    Considering where the camera motion technology is, and maybe even proximity sensors, are suppose to be, I would think installing new button activated signals would be gone forever.

    Comment by Ron Mooney — May 14, 2020 @ 9:57 pm

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