TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2015) – Hillsborough County Public Works has recently installed new Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) at crosswalks on 50th Street between Fletcher Avenue and Fowler Avenue. Adjacent to the USF campus, this is a high traffic area for both vehicles and pedestrians. The beacons are an awareness tool to help pedestrians alert drivers to their presence and intent to cross a roadway.
In Nov. 2014, USF student Courtney Neusch was seriously injured after being hit by a car while using a crosswalk on 50th Street. The crash helped lead to the RRFBs being installed as part of $70,000 in pedestrian safety improvements to the area. Her story was also covered by several local media outlets.
The success of the RRFBs depends on pedestrians using them correctly and drivers paying attention. In coordination with the Hillsborough County, the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at USF will be handing out information about the new beacons at the 50th Street crosswalks between Fletcher Ave. and Fowler Ave. starting at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 16-18. CUTR and Hillsborough County will also be conducting a series of upcoming presentations to increase awareness of the new beacons.