The City’s Transportation Division is installing four new rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs) to help further enhance pedestrian safety in Kamloops. These new signals are being installed at the intersection of Mackenzie Avenue and Kenora Road, on Tranquille Road at Wilson Street, at the Tranquille Road and Yew Street (north) intersection, and Summit Drive and Whiteshield Crescent South. The first three new signals will be operational today (Monday, October 28), with the Summit Drive signal going into operation later this fall.
With shorter days leading to reduced visibility during peak traffic times, pedestrians become more vulnerable. According to ICBC, nearly half of all crashes involving pedestrians occur between October and January, when daylight hours are reduced. It’s important for both pedestrians and drivers to be aware and take care when visibility is reduced.
The RRFB crosswalk system is the latest, state-of-the-art technology. RRFBs feature high-intensity, pedestrian-activated LED flashing lights that are exceptionally noticeable for drivers during both the day and at night, and are visible when headlight glare, wet roads, or other situations create difficult lighting conditions. The City installed two RRFBs last fall, one mid-block on Tranquille Road, between Knox Street and Palm Street, and one at the intersection of Summit Drive and Robson Drive.
While these new signals will help enhance pedestrian safety, it is imperative for both pedestrians and motorists to remain vigilant. Some tips include:
Tips for Pedestrians:
- Be visible. Wear light-colored or reflective clothing to help be seen.
- Pay attention. Put your phone away and remove your headphones when crossing an intersection.
- Don’t jaywalk. Always use crosswalks and obey pedestrian and traffic signals, especially in low visibility.
- Be aware. Pay attention in intersections—watch for drivers turning left or through crosswalks.
- Make eye contact. Never assume that a driver has seen you.
Tips for Motorists:
- Be aware. Always leave your phone and other distractions alone while driving.
- Yield. Always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks or intersections.
- Expect the unexpected. Always watch for pedestrians, even mid-block.