Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon

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ROANOKE, VA – The City of Roanoke this week is installing its first Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons at a crosswalk on Dale Avenue at 19th St SE. These solar-powered safety devices emit rapid flashing LED lights when activated by a pushbutton. The LED lights are set to allow time for vehicles to safely yield to pedestrians at a crosswalk. Studies by the Federal Highway Administration have shown these mechanisms to help increase driver yielding behavior at crosswalks.

This device is intended to enhance the ability of pedestrians to cross Dale Avenue near Fallon Park Elementary School and Fallon Park.

The City’s Transportation Division will monitor this new device to (measure its effectiveness in increasing the number of drivers that yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.)  If successful, the City hopes to install several more throughout the City within the next year.

To learn more about Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons, check the following links or contact the City of Roanoke Transportation Division: transportation@roanokeva.gov, 540-853-2676

FHWA: https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/conventional/unsignalized/tech_sum/fhwasa09009/

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