Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Traffic System

 

The Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) was previously called a “HAWK” (High-Intensity Activated CrossWalk) Signal. They are used in our communities to increase driver awareness of pedestrian crossings at uncontrolled, marked crosswalk locations. They are different from regular pre-timed pedestrian traffic signals as they are only activated when needed by the pedestrian.

Guide to Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons 

Watch the video above to learn what drivers and pedestrians should do when they approach a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon. 

Flip through the book below or download the PDF “Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Guide” by FDOT Northeast Florida District Two.

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Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Operation

STEP 1 

  • Drivers will see all indication lights are dark when there is no pedestrian waiting to cross, and the pedestrian signal will maintain a “DON’T WALK” symbol.
  • Pedestrians who want to cross the street will need to push the button to activate the system.

STEP 2 

  • Drivers will see a FLASHING YELLOW light for a few seconds when pedestrians push the button. Drivers should reduce speed and prepare to stop.
  • Pedestrians will still see the “DON’T WALK” symbol and should wait.

STEP 3 

  • Drivers will see the flashing go to a STEADY YELLOW light, warning them the indication will soon turn to a STEADY RED light.
  • Pedestrians continue to see the “DON’T WALK” symbol and should remain waiting.

STEP 4 

  • Drivers will see a STEADY RED light, which requires them to STOP at the stop line.
  • Pedestrians will then see a “WALK” symbol to cross and should look in both directions to make sure all vehicles are stopped.

STEP 5 

  • Drivers will see ALTERNATING FLASHING RED lights, as pedestrians cross the street. During this period, drivers are required to STOP and then they may proceed with caution if crosswalk is clear.
  • Pedestrians will see the WALK indication change to a flashing countdown that indicates how much time they have remaining to cross the street.

STEP 6 

  • Drivers will see all lights are back to dark at the end of the flashing countdown and may continue to proceed through the crosswalk if it is clear.
  • Pedestrians will see the “DON’T WALK” symbol and must push the button to activate the system again.

For more Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon resources and information, visit: FHWA Safety Program.

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