Newer Traffic Signals

Some new traffic signals are being installed in the region to help people safely cross streets, particularly in the middle of blocks or near schools. These signals are operated by pedestrians. Because they are not common in the area, drivers are unsure how to respond to them. Here’s some help.

Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) let drivers know that a pedestrian wants to cross the street at a marked cross walk. This signal does not have the traditional red/yellow/green light to stop drivers. Instead it has flashing yellow lights on posts at the side of the road, more like an emergency vehicle flasher. Drivers should yield to people in a crosswalk when the yellow beacons are flashing. See RRFBs in front of the Toledo Museum of Art on Monroe Street, at the roundabout at McCord Rd. and Hall St. by Springfield HS, and at the entrance to Pacesetter Park on Sylvania-Metamora Rd. See a video of a Bowling Green RRFB here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv8njeNbc5Y

Pedestrian or Hybrid Beacons, or HAWK beacons, are high-intensity crosswalk signals. The signal that faces vehicles looks like a misshaped traffic signal – with two lights on top that will flash red and one light underneath that will flash yellow depending on what stage it is in during the sequence. When a pedestrian presses the button, a sequence begins. The lights that the driver sees first flashes yellow, then steady yellow, then steady red. When the driver sees the red light, the pedestrian will see the walk indicator. The driver should slow at the yellow and stop on the red. There are three of these lights in Bowling Green: in front of Stroh Center between Mercer and Campbell Hill roads, in front of the campus near Manville Ave., and on Poe Rd. in front of the airport. Here is a video from the Federal Highway Administration: https://youtu.be/hObFU7RyA0A.


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