MX SeriesTM

Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB)

Increase visibility and reduce pedestrian crashes at crosswalks up to 47% with trusted, MUTCD-compliant technology. 

MX SeriesTM

Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB)

Increase visibility and reduce pedestrian crashes at crosswalks up to 47% with trusted, MUTCD-compliant technology.


Safe and frequent crossings are a key feature of walkable, livable communities—and not just at signalized intersections. Midblock crosswalks, as well as marked crosswalks at roundabouts and other unsignalized locations, can provide numerous safety benefits to pedestrians.

RRFBs are MUTCD-compliant. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released Interim Approval 21 (IA-21) on March 20, 2018.

The best way to optimize visibility and safety at these crossings is with Carmanah’s MX Series rectangular rapid flashing beacon (RRFB) – R920-MX

 

6,283

The number of pedestrians killed every year in motor vehicle crashes.

74%

The percentage of pedestrian fatalities that occur at non-intersections.

17%

The percentage of people injured in vehicle crashes that were travelling on foot.

18-28%

The effectiveness of crosswalk paint alone at stopping drivers when a pedestrian is present.

96%

The RRFB driver yield rate, according to the FHWA.

RRFBs are a widely-used and highly effective treatment. Their amber color and erratic flash pattern are proven to capture drivers’ attention, increasing yield rates by up to 98% and reducing crashes up to 47%, according to the FHWA. They meet MUTCD Standards and are a Proven Safety Countermeasure promoted by the Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) initiative. 

>> Learn more about RRFB effectiveness 

Problem Solution
Low yield rates at existing crosswalk. RRFBs get drivers to yield up to 96% of the time.
Low-intensity beacons are hard to see, especially during the day. RRFBs use directional, high-intensity LEDs that are visible at all hours (SAE Standard J595 – Class 1).
Drivers are used to flashing beacons, so they no longer grab attention. The erratic wig-wag + simultaneous flash pattern of the RRFB attracts driver attention.
Signal techs are reliant on the public to call in downed or damaged infrastructure. MX RRFBs alert personnel as soon as there’s an issue, be it a knockdown, low battery, or something else.
Engineers have limited insight into the adoption and/or effectiveness of their systems. MX Cloud provides easy access to data like pedestrian counts that can be used to assess effectiveness and make decisions about future infrastructure.

Contact our team for a quote or questions:

1-844-412-8395

How and where to use an RRFB

RRFBs are one of the best and easiest ways to increase walkability in a community without significant infrastructure changes. Explore our free RRFB Application Guide to design the layout of your RRFBs in multiple road scenarios and learn where they are best used.

A community toolkit for creating safer crossings

In support of citizens, local groups, and elected officials advocating for safer local roadways, we’ve compiled a step-by-step Crosswalk Safety Guide and toolkit. It’s our hope this guide makes the crucial work of pedestrian safety a little less confusing and a little easier to implement.

Additional Resources for RRFBs

Article

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.

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Data Sheet

Download our R920-MX Data Sheet
Get an overview of the features and benefits of the R920-MX, plus all the tech specs and product options—all in a single, shareable document.

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Case Study

Nevada High School Boosts Safety with New RRFB Crosswalk
Learn how a Carmanah system in Reno is helping increase yield rates and improve safety for students, staff, and parents.

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Video

Building Crosswalks for Walkable Communities
See how cities across North America are using RRFBs to improve pedestrian safety and build complete streets for all road users.

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Guide

RRFB Application Guide
Download this visual guide for the most common RRFB placements and installations at marked, uncontrolled mid-block crosswalks.

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Let’s get started:

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