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New crosswalk signals will improve pedestrian safety

August 30, 2016 10:56 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Starting this fall a new style of crosswalk signals called Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) will be installed at nine locations in Red Deer to improve pedestrian safety.

RRFBs, an alternative to traditional traffic signals, are installed above the side mounted pedestrian crosswalk signs and use dual rectangular LED lights to display intermittent rapid flashes. RRFBs are also significantly more cost effective as compared to traditional overhead crosswalk signals.

“Improving road safety is a priority for the City, and installing RRFBs will help to improve safety for all users,” said Wayne Gustafson, Engineering Services Manager. “RRFBs are a proven solution for improving pedestrian safety, particularly on wider, higher volume roads.”

Starting in September, RRFBs will be installed at the following nine locations:

  1. 40 Avenue and Selkirk Blvd.
  2. 35 Street and Spruce Drive
  3. 40 Avenue (in front of Eastview Middle School)
  4. 45 Street and 52 Avenue
  5. 49 Street between 46 and 45 Avenue (at Coronation Park crossing)
  6. 50 Street between 46 and 45 Avenue (at Coronation Park crossing)
  7. 67 Street and 30 Avenue Roundabout
  8. 67 Street and Johnstone/Orr Drive Roundabout
  9. Orr Drive between 66 Street and Ogilvie Close

Here’s what drivers and pedestrians need to know about using RRFBs:

As a pedestrian As a driver
  • Push the crosswalk signal button and ensure the lights are flashing.
  • Wait for traffic to stop.
  • Cross the road. 
  • As you approach the crosswalk, slow down and watch for pedestrians.
  • Stop at the crosswalk if pedestrians are crossing or waiting to cross, even if the lights aren’t flashing.
  • Proceed only when the pedestrians have fully cleared the crosswalk.
  • The fine for not stopping at a crosswalk is $675. 

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For more information, please contact:

Wayne Gustafson
Engineer Services Manager
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8158

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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