The City of Toronto has installed "countdown" timers at all its signalized intersections to assist pedestrians in crossing the street. The countdown device provides a numeric count down display that indicates the number of seconds remaining for a pedestrian to complete his/her crossing of a street.
The countdown display starts at the inception of the pedestrian "flashing don't walk" signal display and ends at the beginning of the vehicle amber display. A pedestrian should not start his/her crossing if the countdown display is already on. A pedestrian who is already crossing should continue to do so but should completer his/her crossing when the countdown shows zero.