Crosswalk Flashing Beacons

City of Appleton, WI installs Carmanah's RRFB at a busy crossing near Lawrence University.

Supplementing crosswalk signs with an RRFB (Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon) has proven to increase safety and yield rates at uncontrolled crosswalks. It is one of the best and easiest ways to increase walkability in a community without significant infrastructure changes, and with Carmanah's solar RRFBs, installation is completed in minutes with little to no traffic interference.

The RRFB has been granted interim approval by FWHA as a recommended solution for use at uncontrolled, marked crosswalks. As a result, Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons are an important part of the toolkit and are quickly becoming a top choice for engineers looking to improve vehicle yield rates, pedestrian service levels and multi-modal transportation access at uncontrolled, marked crossings.

RRFB Devices Offer Better Visibility

An RRFB uses high-intensity LEDs which are exceptionally noticeable by drivers during the day and evening. Their amber color and quick flash pattern make them easily visible in difficult night-time lighting conditions such as headlight glare and wet roads.

Studies have shown that rectangular rapid flashing beacons improved driver yield rates as much as 96%.

Building Crosswalks for Walkable Communities

Uncontrolled Crosswalks in These Areas Can Benefit

  • Intersections with thru-lanes on major legs
  • Urban mid-block crosswalks
  • Multi-lane crosswalk locations
  • Roundabouts
  • Trail crossings
  • Greenways
  • School zone crosswalks
  • University campus crosswalks

Why Install our Solar RRFBs at Crosswalks?

Crossing near school increases safety for children and the community.

Learn why Rio Rancho, NM decided to install an RRFB and why they chose Carmanah's solar R920.


Download the RRFB Application Guide

RRFB Application Guide

Free guide to designing layout of RRFB placements in multiple road scenarios.