Redesigning a street, while not always cheap or easy, is the single most effective way to prevent loss of life—saving drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. BFF intentionally chooses the crosswalks monitored based on whether or not engineering changes are needed. The addition of a Pedestrian Crossing W11-2 Sign, advanced stop lines or yield markings, RRFBs, or school crossing signs lead to a leap in driver yield rates at crosswalks.
Engineering – typically consisting of signs, road striping, medians, signals, and signal timing – provides visual cues pedestrians rely on at busier intersections to determine who has the right of way.
When BFF launched in 2012, senior consultants from the Center for Education and Research in Safety (CERS) worked in cooperation with Orange County engineers, City of Orlando engineers and Best Foot Forward staff to conduct a crosswalk audit to identify the most problematic crosswalks and those to be upgraded with low cost engineering improvements.
Below are their general recommendations of low-cost engineering enhancements that have been used in Orange County as well as both Osceola and Seminole Counties.
- In-street sign on center line or refuge island
- In-street yield sign in gutter pan or curb
- Yield sign at advance stop line or yield marking
- Prompting sign telling peds to extend arm to cross
- Optional – Install RRFB devices at high traffic midblock crosswalk with low driver yielding compliance
WFTV’s Racquel Asa explains how engineering changes are designed to affect the behavior of several road users–getting drivers’ attention to stop for pedestrians, and helping pedestrians know when it’s safest to cross the street.
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