Wednesday, September 23, 2015
New signal at W&OD Trail/Cedar Lane intersection
|RRFB bases installed at Cedar Lane and ready|
for the posts to be mounted
Trail users push a button and lights will flash warning motorists that someone wants to cross. It’s not a typical red traffic signal. The lights are amber and they use an irregular flash pattern. While motorists are not required to stop, the lights certainly get their attention the signals have been shown to be very effective if used properly.
For the signals to work, trail users must push the ped button. Unlike most traffic signals, the amber lights flash immediately after the button is pushed. While motorists are not required to stop for the
|Belmont Ridge RRFB|
Image: Google Maps Streetview
Personally I think the RRFB is a much better safety measure than a traditional traffic signal where trail users are required by law to wait until they get a green WALK signal. If they are involved in a crash and they had entered the crosswalk without the WALK signal, they would be found at fault.
Let's see how these signals work. There will be an initial learning period but we think they will be a definite improvement at the Cedar Lane crossing.