The thoughtful people responsible for building our roads have worked hard to ensure that pedestrians are able to safely cross roads by installing buttons which can be pressed to indicate a desire to cross said roads. When it is safe to undertake a road crossing, these buttons emit a loud noise, and walk signs light up to conveniently let us know that we may commence crossing the road.
Contrary to a popular urban myth, continued pressing of the walkway button will not result in the traffic lights changing to your favour more quickly. The rule in this case is quite simple, just press the button once and wait patiently for the wondrous technology to weave its magic.
A further important point to consider is that if someone is already waiting to cross at an intersection, it is highly likely that they have already pressed the button. Please do not press the button again, and most certainly do not push waiting pedestrians out of the way to do so.
No one wants to see people hurt in vehicular accidents at intersections, and likewise no one has any desire to see pedestrians struck down by other pedestrians following an outbreak of hand-to-hand combat which may ensue after an episode of button rage occurs.
So remember, press once, or better yet if someone is already waiting to cross at the intersection, assume the work has already been done for you. Before you know it, the lights will change and you’ll be on your way.