The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising pedestrians and motorists that new Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) have been installed at four crosswalk locations as part of a pilot program to test a new type of crosswalk treatment.
These new pedestrian-activated lights are placed at either end of the marked crosswalk just above the crosswalk signs. The lights are brighter than past models and operate in a strobe pattern, which, along with being installed lower to the ground, make them more visible to drivers when activated.
The new RRFB crosswalk lights can be found at the following intersections:
· South Street at Wellington Street (Halifax)
· Maple Street at Dahlia Street (Dartmouth)
· Basinview Drive at Bedford Hills Road (Bedford)
· Williams Lake Road at Ravenscraig Drive (Williams Lake)
The municipality would like to remind motorists to always take caution when approaching any type of crosswalk and asks pedestrians to always wait until traffic has fully stopped before stepping into the street.
Source: Media Release