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