Jan 10, 2011 11:17 AM by Greg Boyce
Editors note: This has been postponed due to weather until Wednesday at 11 a.m.
The City of Colorado Springs has installed a new kind of pedestrian-crossing signal adjacent to Edison Elementary School at 3125 N. Hancock Avenue. The signal will be turned on Monday at 11 a.m.
The new signals, known as hybrid pedestrian beacons, have been used successfully in 20 states. In 2009, the Texas Traffic Institute found there were 69 percent fewer accidents involving pedestrians and 29 percent fewer crashes overall using these new signals.
Pedestrian signals are dark when not in use, but when a pedestrian activates the signal, the overhead configuration of three lights flashes yellow to warn drivers of a waiting pedestrian. The beacon turns solid red to stop traffic as the pedestrian crosses the street. Finally, the beacon flashes red, indicating drivers can proceed after stopping and ensuring the crosswalk is clear.
The new signals will be installed where traffic signals need to be replaced and only a pedestrian signal is required.