Hey, Guess What? Hitting The Pedestrian Button Does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING In Sydney

And it hasn't since 1994

Hey, Guess What? Hitting The Pedestrian Button Does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING In Sydney AAP

Send this to every person you know who insists on doing it a million times while they're waiting to cross the road: Hitting the pedestrian button does absolutely nothing in Sydney.

According to an explosive - as in, it's blown our minds - report in the Sydney Morning Herald, pedestrian crossings in the CBD are set to automated timers six days a week.

In fact, the only time you pushing that circular disc actually affects when you get to cross the road is on a Sunday.

We know.

In an effort to improve areas with a "high level of pedestrian activity", pedestrian buttons at all intersections in the Sydney CBD are disabled Monday to Thursday between 7am and 7pm, Friday between 7am and 9pm and Saturday between 8.30am and 9pm.

And it's been like this since 1994.

Which means that if you've ever believed that you're waiting at some lights for longer than others, it's actually all in your head; the standard wait time in Sydney is 90 seconds, having been reduced from almost two minutes back in January.

"These phases are constantly reviewed against demand profiles of road users and other changes that may affect the network," a spokesperson for Transport for NSW said.

"Shorter wait times have kept pedestrians moving and could potentially reduce the risk of jaywalking and pedestrian crashes."

;