FHWA research shows that installing a marked crosswalk without additional crossing facilities does not result in vehicles stopping for pedestrians. Uncontrolled, marked crosswalks can be outfitted with compliant, pedestrian-activated warning beacons that notify drivers when pedestrians are entering crosswalks. Our solar and AC-powered circular crosswalk beacons have been installed across the US and Canada for 12+ years. These beacons are approved in the FHWA’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and can hit ITE intensity requirements. Support your Vision Zero and walkability initiatives with crosswalk flashing beacons.
|Low yielding rates at existing crosswalk.||Circular flashing beacons draw attention to crosswalk signage and increase driver compliance.|
|Low-intensity beacons are hard to see, especially during the day.||Circular flashing beacons use high-powered LEDs that command attention at all hours of the day.|
Comparing the effectiveness of circular beacons and RRFBs
FHWA research shows that installing a marked crosswalk without flashing beacons will not necessarily result in vehicles stopping for pedestrians. For safer crosswalks, we offer two different beacon types: circular flashing beacons and rectangular rapid-flashing beacons.
Circular flashing beacons have been successfully used for decades to increase safety at mid-block crossings. The familiar flashing amber light warns incoming drivers of pedestrians. RRFBs are a more recent addition to the traffic engineer’s toolkit. Their rapid flashing, rectangular shape is highly visible and quickly attracts driver attention.
While recent studies have shown the RRFB to be more effective than the circular beacon at getting drivers to yield, each project is unique and could successfully employ either beacon type. A proper overhead lighting fixture can also be combined with an beacon for added safety at night. Check out the graph and video below to see how these two beacon types compare.
RRFB and circular flashing beacon in-field comparison
Watch the video below to see how an RRFB and a circular flashing beacon compare in the field.
Are circular beacons MUTCD compliant?
Yes, the circular crosswalk flashing beacon is MUTCD-compliant. Carmanah circular beacons have 12+ years of successful deployments across North America. Read more about the MUTCD’s requirements for flashing beacons.
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