Will You Stop for Me? An Exploration of Characteristics Associated with a Driver’s Decision to Stop for a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk with a Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacon

Yield rates at uncontrolled crosswalks with rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFB) vary from 19% to 98%. A number of roadway, traffic, and traffic control device characteristics are associated with yielding behavior. A Texas study investigating those characteristics chose sites with RRFBs considering intersection configuration, number of lanes (or distance) being crossed, and the posted speed limit. An analysis of yielding behavior found that more drivers yield in the far side of the crossing. Evaluations also showed that the following characteristics are associated with higher yielding: a shorter crossing distance; the presence of a median refuge; and, a crossing with two legs, rather than four.

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    • Fitzpatrick, Kay
    • Brewer, Marcus A
    • Avelar, Raul
    • Lindheimer, Tomás
  • Publication Date: 2017-3


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  • Accession Number: 01629569
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 21 2017 9:14AM