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The pedestrian signals at the corner of Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues in Bethesda, installed in 1998, were meant to be different. According to Montgomery County traffic engineer Robert Gonzales, the corner was the county’s first test site for energy-saving LED signals, which use one-tenth the power of incandescent ones. But that’s not the only innovation: Where regular “walk” signals feature a plain white stick figure, like a men’s-room emblem taking a stroll, the Woodmont intersection features a jauntier “walk” person, with cocked shoulders, pointy feet, and a long-legged stride—like a simplified, diode-based version of R. Crumb’s “Keep on Truckin’” drawings. John Byrne, an engineering manager for Precision Solar Controls, Inc., says the pedestrian-with-feet symbol is actually a standard design—in Canada. Gonzales says the county’s signals came from Ecolux, a Montreal-based manufacturer. “If you really want to get fancy,” Gonzales says, “they could have it moving.” —Tom Scocca