Apparently to most DC pedestrians, the BIG RED HAND means "casually saunter in, around, near, and maybe eventually across the crosswalk." Nevermind the oncoming traffic, turning cars, bikes, double-parked DCwater contractor trucks fucking everything up, and the occasional Cop on a Segway (!?) also in the intersection at the time.
No, really. Go right ahead. Take your time. That BIG RED HAND doesn't apply to you at all. Because you're special. You tell that yourself every morning after your Lifetime-movie sponsoring fiber cereal forces your bowels clear and you're ready to go out and attack the day.