Beacon Controlled Crosswalks

“Beacon Controlled Crosswalks” use of flashing beacons at crosswalks, triggered by a pedestrian pressing button, to alert traffic that someone is crossing.

Positive Results

  • A more visual indicator that a crossing is in use

Negative Results

  • Do not regulate flow – pedestrian presses button and walks, but does not know that driver is alerted
  • Not as effective as traffic signal, where green/red light is more authoritative
  • Does not control right of way – pedestrian assumes they press and walk
  • Does not balance flow – at schools, many single crossings rather than a group regulated by time