New Crosswalk Enhancements - Rapid Flashing Beacons

Posted by April Reiling on Jan 16, 2015
Tags: Community, Government, Public Safety, Town News, TCPD, Schools

On Tuesday, January 13, 2015 the Town Council unanimously approved the purchase and installation of eight (8) rapid flashing beacon systems in order to improve pedestrian safety at crosswalks. Council approved $53,163 for the additional public safety measure, which also includes funding to replace any signs or poles as appropriate. The new crosswalk enhancements will be installed later this year.

The solar-powered flashing lights are pedestrian-activated and alert drivers that a pedestrian wants to cross the street. Drivers are legally obligated to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Lighted crosswalk systems will be located at the following locations:

  • Trophy Lake Drive at Village Trail
  • Trophy Club Drive at Durango Drive
  • Bobcat Blvd at Parkview
  • Lilyfield at Trophy Club Drive
  • Bobcat Blvd at Trophy Club Drive
  • Independence Park East and West on Parkview
  • Trophy Club Drive at Meadow Creek
  • In front of Beck Elementary

What does this mean for pedestrians?

  1. Push the button to activate flashing lights.
  2. Wait until traffic stops.
  3. Cross the street

What does this mean for drivers?

  1. Watch for the new devices at intersections.
  2. STOP when lights flash. Know that a pedestrian is waiting to cross.
  3. Proceed when the pedestrian has crossed your lane AND the adjacent lane.

The rectangular rapid flashing beacon system significantly increases motorist compliance to yield to pedestrians (80%-95%) compared to standard beacons (15%-20%). The light intensity is the same as police light bars and the system conforms to all Federal Highway Administration requirements.