3. Leverage RRFB technology
Another innovative way to increase nighttime pedestrian detection is with a Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacon (RRFB) Pedestrian Crosswalk System. According to a study by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), they can bring motorists’ yield rate up to 90 percent. Look for FHWA-approved ones with dimmable LED warning lights with an alternating WW+S (wig-wag and simultaneous) flash pattern.
Ideal for uncontrolled crossings and high-speed and multi-lane roads, RRFBs can be activated via user-actuation or passive detection activation using directional bollards or thermal technology.
4. Install a crosswalk illuminator
A simple solution to lack of visibility at night is to add light, but it’s important to add the right kind of light. Streetlights beam light down on small sections of road, often not reaching the middle where pedestrians are furthest from safety.
For two-lane crossings, consider adding the SafeWalk™ Crosswalk Illuminator in tandem with LED-enhanced signs or RRFBs. They use a flood light to illuminate the approach area of the crosswalk and a beam light to illuminate the middle, ensuring motorists’ can easily see pedestrians. Crucially, activation can happen concurrently with LED-enhanced warning alerts and be either passively activated via thermal detection or user-actuated. This conserves energy and prevents the lights from becoming “white noise” to motorists.
Illuminators are especially great for increasing pedestrian visibility at night in frequently visited areas, such as transportation stops, libraries, parks and shopping areas.
Be sure to look for one with minimal glare and a 20 LUX minimum – as recommended by the FHWA – that can be retrofitted if necessary.