Safety Infrastructure for Communities – MaineDOT Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) Program – Available For a Limited Time!

June 13, 2014 at 8:14 am Leave a comment

Municipalities across the state should definitely take advantage of this opportunity (reprinted from the Maine Safe Routes to School Newsletter).  There’s always a need for these mid-block crossing safety amenities somewhere in town and the vehicle compliance rate (i.e. percentage of time vehicles stop for pedestrians) is very high compared to other similar flashing pedestrian lights (91%):

RRFB in RichmondMaineDOT is pleased to announce a partnership opportunity with municipalities in the acquisition and installation of solar-powered pedestrian crossing safety devices at approved locations for this construction season!

Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) are solar-powered flashing lights that drastically improve motor vehicle compliance rates of stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks at unsignalized locations (like this one in Richmond at right and in Portland below).   They capture the driver’s attention, making a particular crossing much more visible and safer for pedestrians. They really make a difference in creating a walkable environment!

MaineDOT’s program can provide these RRFB’s to municipalities at no cost!  All that is needed is for municipalities to install (no wiring required) and maintain them.  MaineDOT will help determine whether a crosswalk location is a good fit for an RRFB.  So call soon, as the program will operate on a first come, first serve basis.

Tukey St. RRFBThis is a great partnering opportunity and if your community wants to request an RRFB, please contact Stephen Landry at 624-3632 or email him at stephen.landry@maine.gov as soon as possible to discuss the potential location.

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