Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHBs) are designed to help pedestrians safely cross busy or higher-speed roadways at midblock crossings and uncontrolled intersections, where a majority of pedestrian fatalities occur. The PHB is an intermediate option between a flashing beacon and a full pedestrian signal. It assigns right of way and provides positive stop control, and allows motorists to proceed when the pedestrian has cleared the travel lane. 

PHB High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk Operation Guide 

FDOT District Two Community Traffic Safety Program developed a simple guide to help explain the process of a PHB for both motorists and pedestrians. Learn what drivers and pedestrians should do when they approach a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon. 

Click here to download the PDF Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Guide, watch the video and flip through the digital book below.

Northeast Florida uses PHBs in 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.

PHB Instructions for Drivers and Pedestrians

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.

No Regrets When You DRIVE WITH CARE & CROSS WITH CARE

Pedestrian/Bicyclist Countermeasures

Cost Effective Safety Engineering Countermeasures Help Protect Vulnerable Road Users

FDOT District Two Community Traffic Safety Program in Northeast Florida continues the educational countermeasure series based on proven measures of effectiveness by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). These pieces outline countermeasures to improve safety for people traveling by foot, wheelchair, or bicycle.

Click on the five educational Pedestrian and Bicyclist Countermeasure cards below to download a copy. They may be printed or shared digitally through email or social media with our Northeast Florida Traffic Safety Teams, communities, and agencies.

Many of the serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists occur during dark or dusk hours, and outside of marked crosswalks or bicycle lanes. Motorist speed is one of the major factors that can mean the difference between a minor injury and a serious injury or fatality for a bicyclist or pedestrian. The traffic safety strategies and treatments of roadway markings, configurations and traffic lights reduce serious injury and fatal crashes by slowing traffic, allowing more space and safe areas for walkers and cyclists.

Click here for a PDF document of these pedestrian and bicyclist countermeasures used in Northeast Florida, provided by the FDOT District Two Community Traffic Safety Program.


Traffic Safety Countermeasures that Work in Reducing Pedestrian-Vehicle Crashes:

1. Walkways, Shared Use Paths, and Sidewalks Improve Safety and Mobility

Pedestrian walkways are defined pathways for use by people traveling by foot or using a wheelchair and are separated from motor vehicle traffic by a space, barrier, or curb and gutter. Northeast Florida integrates and maintains accessible walkways, shared use paths, sidewalks, and roadway shoulders into the transportation system in both urban and rural areas to provide safer spaces for pedestrians to walk. 

2. Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPI) Give Pedestrians a Head Start 

Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPI) allow pedestrians the opportunity to enter an intersection 3-7 seconds before vehicles are given a green indication. Their presence can be better established in the crosswalk before drivers have priority to turn. Benefits of LPIs include: 
• Increased visibility of crossing pedestrians. 
• Reduced conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles. 
• Increased likelihood of motorists yielding to pedestrians. 
• Enhanced safety for pedestrians who may be slower to start into the intersection. 

3. Pedestrian Crossing Islands and Medians Reduce Pedestrian Crashes 

Raised medians and pedestrian crossing islands (refuge areas) separate motorized and non-motorized road users. Pedestrians need to estimate vehicle speeds, adjust their walking speed, determine gaps in traffic, and predict vehicle paths to safely cross a roadway. The defined pavement markings, raised medians, or islands help improve pedestrian safety by allowing walkers to cross one direction of traffic at a time. This proven pedestrian safety countermeasure is used in Northeast Florida in curbed sections of urban and suburban multi-lane roadways. 

4. Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHBs) Assist with Safe Crossing 

PHBs are designed to help pedestrians safely cross busy or higher-speed roadways at midblock crossings and uncontrolled intersections, where a majority of pedestrian fatalities occur. The PHB is an intermediate option between a flashing beacon and a full pedestrian signal. It assigns right of way and provides positive stop control, and also allows motorists to proceed when the pedestrian has cleared the travel lane. For more information and details about Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons, please visit: trafficsafetyteam.org/pedestrian-hybrid-beacon 

5. Roadway Reconfigurations Improve Safety for All Road Users 

A “Road Diet” typically involves reconfiguring a four-lane undivided roadway into a three-lane roadway consisting of a center left-turn lane and two through lanes. Benefits include a reduction of rear-end, left-turn and right-angle crashes. This configuration also gives the opportunity to install pedestrian refuge islands, bicycle lanes, on-street parking, or transit stops. “Road Diets” help calm traffic and provide better mobility and access that accommodates the needs of pedestrians with fewer lanes to cross and more space for cyclists. 


Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Tips

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, more people are riding their bikes or going out for walks while practicing social distancing. Your Traffic Safety Team wants you to stay safe during this time by following these pedestrian and bicyclist safety tips!

Pedestrian/Bicyclist Safety Tip
Wear bright colors. Increase your visibility and use bike lights/reflectors.
Wear bright colors. Increase your visibility and use bike lights/reflectors.

With so many people heading outdoors for a bike ride, motorists – please ALWAYS WATCH for bicyclists on the road. Bicyclists, wear bright colors or reflective gear so you are visible.


Pedestrian/Bicyclist Safety Tips
See and be seen. Make eye contact with drivers when crossing streets.
See and be seen. Make eye contact with drivers when crossing streets.

Walking is the perfect social distancing activity! Lace up and get moving, but be sure to SEE and BE SEEN. Make eye contact with drivers. Drivers, please look in all directions for people on foot! 


Pedestrian/Bicyclist Safety Tip
Be predictable. Use sidewalks where provided. Cross streets where it is legal to do so.
Be predictable. Use sidewalks where provided. Cross streets where it is legal to do so.

It’s important when riding your bicycle to be predictable. Use sidewalks and cross where it is legal. Drivers, phone down, eyes up.


Pedestrian/Bicyclist Safety Tip
Stop! Look left, right, and left for traffic.
Stop! Look left, right, and left for traffic.

Going for a walk is a great way to get fresh air and keep from going stir-crazy, while practicing social distancing. Look left, right, and left again for traffic. Drivers, please drive with care as more people hit the pavement than usual.


Pedestrian/Bicyclist Safety Tip
Walk defensively. Be prepared for the unexpected.
Walk defensively. Be prepared for the unexpected.

In addition to staying 6 feet away from others on your walks, don’t forget to walk defensively and be prepared for the unexpected. Drivers, please remember to focus on driving and eliminate distractions.


Pedestrian/Bicyclist Safety Tip
Be careful in parking lots. They can be more hazardous than streets!
Be careful in parking lots. They can be more hazardous than streets!

The groceries stores are open, and many restaurants are open for take-out. This means busy parking lots – some that have even been modified with cones/tents for curbside pick-up. Be careful – these areas can be more dangerous than streets! Drivers, please proceed with caution and be on the lookout for pedestrians. 

Walking and bike riding are great ways to stay active and healthy. Exercising is also a great tool for people of all ages and improves driving skills, especially older drivers. To learn more, check out our Defensive Driving Tools.

Exercise and Fitness Benefits:

• Enhances mobility, flexibility and balance
• Helps maintain or lose weight
• Reduces impact of illness and chronic disease 
• Better sleep and more energy
• Improves mood and self-confidence
• Boosts cognitive function

Click here for more great pedestrian safety tips for walkers and drivers.

Click here for important bicycle safety tips and resources for cyclists and motorists.

Pedestrian Safety-Traffic Control Box Wraps

Pedestrian Safety – Traffic Control Box Wraps: “Push, Wait, Walk”

Jacksonville, Florida – Your Community Traffic Safety Team is dedicated to “Bringing You Home Safely.” Please remember to always use the crosswalk or cross at an intersection – not in the middle of the block. Walk on the sidewalk or walk facing traffic as far over as possible when a sidewalk is not available. Constantly be aware and make sure drivers see you!

Above is a quick highlight video of the pedestrian safety message installed around traffic control boxes by Northeast Florida Department of Transportation. Your Community Traffic Safety Team has been targeting drivers with their “No Regrets When You DRIVE WITH CARE” safety messages and continues to promote safe driving education and reminders. This past year, the campaign extended out onto the streets for a positive reminder to everyone walking on our streets to be safe and arrive alive.

Over 70 pedestrian safety traffic control box wraps have been installed in Northeast Florida. The message reminds walkers to “Always Use The Crosswalk, Walk On Sidewalks & Be Aware!” When crossing a lighted intersection with a crosswalk, it is important to “Push” the crosswalk button, “Wait” for the light to change and cars to completely stop, then “Walk” with caution while making sure oncoming cars are stopping and drivers see you in the crosswalk.

pedestrian safety - traffic control wraps

Video clip of the first pedestrian safety message being installed on a traffic control box: Crosswalk Safety

Visit our Pedestrian Safety page for more information and resources.

See FirstCoastNews’ report on our initiative to spread awareness and help protect pedestrians and bicyclists in our community. (Juliette Dryer, WTLV 6:01 PM. EDT July 06, 2017)

Watch News4Jax story about a “Woman hit crossing Beach Boulevard.” (Ashley Harding, News4Jax.com

 

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