LED Enhanced Signs for Crosswalks
While yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks is required by law, anyone who’s ever crossed, or attempted to cross, a road knows this doesn’t always happen. This is especially true at unsignalized crosswalks, which studies have found can have yield rates as low as 16%
Fortunately, there are effective, low-cost solutions cities can utilize to improve safety at these locations. Among the most effective: Carmanah’s latest MX Series LED Enhanced Signs, which offer agencies a highly visible and durable crosswalk solution, with the added benefit of embedded connectivity and alerts.
RRFB or LED enhanced sign: Which works best?
Multiple roadway factors should be considered before choosing an LED enhanced crossing sign. Recent experimentation has demonstrated that LED enhanced pedestrian crossing signs are most effective at increasing safety for crosswalks on roadways with low operating speeds, low traffic volumes, narrow lanes, and narrow sidewalks. For roadways with higher traffic volumes, faster speeds, and wider lanes, safety countermeasures like the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) or Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) are recommended.
Rista, Emira, and Kay Fitzpatrick. “Comparison of LED-Embedded Pedestrian Crossing Signs with Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons and Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons.” Transportation Research Record 2674, no. 11 (November 2020): 856–66. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198120941849.
Additional Resources for LED Enhanced Signs
An Overview of the Most Effective Crosswalk Treatments
Weighing your options for an unsignalized crossing? Here’s a roundup of your treatment options and how they compare.
Download our R920-MX Data Sheet
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Building Crosswalks for Walkable Communities
See how cities across North America are using RRFBs to improve pedestrian safety and build complete streets.