The City is installing a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) at the intersection of Towers Trail and County Line Road beginning Wednesday, July 29.
Sometimes called a High-Intensity Activated crossWALK (HAWK) beacon, these signals create safer, more efficient pedestrian crossings on busy streets. They are often tied to the traffic signal system, so pedestrian wait times may vary.
Benefits of Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) signals:
- PHB signals have been shown to increase safety by reducing crash rates at pedestrian crossings.
- PHB signals cause a decrease in dangerous driver violations at pedestrian crossings.
- Since they only light up when in use, they don’t “blend in” with the background.
- PHB signals can eliminate driver delay and frustration, as they allow drivers to proceed through the crossing once it’s clear of pedestrians.
Questions? Call the City of Westerville Traffic Engineer at (614) 901-6670.
You may be more familiar with PHBs than you realize. Here are locations of some others in the region:
- North Fourth Street at East Northwood Avenue (Columbus)
- Hayden Road, between Riverside Drive and Bethel Road (Columbus)
- Morse Road, between Dunbridge Street and Sundance Drive (Blendon Township)
- Sunbury Road, between Woodward Avenue and the signalized entrance to Ohio Dominican University (Columbus)
- Alum Creek Drive at Hanford Village Park, between Main Street and Livingston Avenue (Columbus)
- Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Guide– Recommendations and Case Study
U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration
- Hybrid Beacon for Bike Route Crossing of Major Street
National Association of City Transportation Officials