Installation of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon

January 10, 2019

As part of the Grandview Commons condominium project, a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) has been installed at the intersection of Baker and Grand. The RRFB can be activated by a pedestrian to increase driver awareness of people who want to cross Baker at the existing crosswalk at Grand Street. Baker is 3 lanes wide at this location and caution should be used whenever using this new device or crossing at this location.

According to State Law, drivers must yield to pedestrians within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is in or near the same half of the street as the driver. Drivers can choose to stop at a crosswalk to allow a pedestrian waiting to cross the street to cross, but it is not required regardless of the presence of the beacon.

If you are a pedestrian, please check for traffic before using any crosswalk. Walk defensively and make eye contact with drivers to ensure that they see you. Never assume that you are seen or that a motorist will yield. Don't leave the curb or go into the path of a vehicle which is so close that the driver can't yield.

For additional tips on how to use the RRFB for both pedestrians and drivers please click here. This instruction sheet is also posted on the RRFB at the Baker/Grand intersection.