Rapid Flashing BeaconThe recently installed Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) at three city crosswalks, including at Oak and Grove Avenues and at Elm Street, to keep residents safer.

The flashing beacons provide drivers real-time warning when pedestrians are in or approaching the crosswalk. When pedestrians push a button on the device, the lights flash for 20 seconds, alerting oncoming drivers and allowing pedestrians time to cross the street.

The settings can be customized on the beacons, so the Public Works department will adjust them as they observe pedestrian activity. Currently, on Avenue, when a pedestrian pushes any button on the devices at Oak or Grove, the lights will flash for both of those crosswalks because of their close proximity.