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Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB)
Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists are noticing a new type of traffic control device being installed in several locations around the state, called a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB). It is sometimes referred to as a High Intensity Activated Cross-Walk (HAWK).
- The PHB (beacon) is designed to help pedestrians/bicyclists cross busy streets.
- Itís designed to warn and control vehicular traffic at locations that donít meet the requirements for a standard traffic signal.
- PHBs are approved for use at a marked but unsignalized mid-block crosswalk, as they control main street vehicular traffic only.
The beacon stops traffic with a double red indication, thereby creating a gap for pedestrians/bicyclists to cross the street. While it may appear different to motorists, with its normally dark state and non-standard sequencing, for pedestrians/bicyclists it works the same as any push-button activated traffic signal.
Video by WisDOT - Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon - Guidance for vehicles and pedestrians.
Video by WisDOT - How to use a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon - animated.
Video by the city of Tempe, AZ - Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon in use.
Joanna Bush, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last modified: November 14, 2013
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