The City installed Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) on N. 10th Street at the school crosswalk at Jefferson Street. RRFBs are pedestrian-activated, high-intensity flashing amber warning lights that notify drivers when a pedestrian is entering and using the crosswalk. The RRFB increases the visibility of the crosswalk to motorists. They flash for a predetermined amount of time to allow a pedestrian to completely cross the street.
Features & Advantages:
1. Studies have shown driver yielding rates of up to 80%-90% maintained over
2. Wireless, synchronized LEDs flash similar to emergency vehicles
3. Solar-powered, eco-friendly
4. LED indicators for pedestrians
5. Improve pedestrian safety across wide, multi-lane roads
6. Lower cost than a traffic signal or a pedestrian hybrid signal
This location was chosen because of the high pedestrian generators of Lee Elementary, the Boys & Girls Club and Lee Park soccer and football fields. About 9,800 vehicles drive through this location every day. It has 5 lanes of traffic and no median refuge which creates multiple threats for the pedestrian using the crosswalk. The street has a posted speed limit of 35 mph with a school zone speed limit of 25 mph. The school crossing guard reports having issues with motorists not yielding to pedestrians at this location; the RRFB should help solve the problem.