Touch-Free Crosswalks Created For South Bay Pedestrians

Pedestrians cross the intersection of 3rd Avenue and 14th Street, one of Manhattan's most dangerous crosswalks for pedestrians, on October 27, 2014 in New York City.
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Have you found yourself in this era of COVID-19 trying to figure out how to push the crosswalk signal with your elbow?

It’s something you won’t have to worry about at more than two dozen intersections around Santa Clara County.

At San Jose’s Valley Medical Center, pediatrics is on one side of the road and the hospital itself on the other. Lots of people are walking back and forth, meaning the crosswalks - and the need to press for a walk sign - get a workout.

Christian Victoria, who works at the medical center, told KCBS Radio he doesn’t have to use his knee anymore to trigger the signal. It works with just a wave of the hand.

"But with this, you can just kind of swipe it and it tells you ‘Just wait.’ It’s pretty awesome. I like it a lot."

Twenty-five high-pedestrian traffic intersections will be fitted with the touch-free devices over the next month.