Evaluating the Effectiveness of the City of Des Moines LED and RRFB Pedestrian Crossing Treatments

Project status

Completed

Start date: 10/22/10
End date: 12/31/12

Researcher(s)

Principal investigators:

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About the research

This project provides the City of Des Moines, Iowa with field information relative to pedestrian and motorist compliance when light-emitting diode (LED) pedestrian crossing signs or rectangular rapid-flash beacons (RRFBs) are used at multi-lane roadway crossings.

This study is limited in scope to two intersections. The study documented field observations of both pedestrian and motorist reactions. Tabular and graphical comparisons are provided by device type, actuation, location, and time of day.

Based on the findings of this study, the City and possibly other communities may be able to make more informed decisions when considering the design, orientation, and operational treatments for pedestrian crossing locations.

Publications

Report: Evaluating the Effectiveness of the City of Des Moines LED and RRFB Pedestrian Crossing Treatments (1.63 mb pdf) January 2013

Tech transfer summary: Evaluating the Effectiveness of the City of Des Moines LED and RRFB Pedestrian Crossing Treatments (1.17 mb pdf) Dec 2012

Sponsor(s)/partner(s)

Sponsor(s): Iowa Department of Transportation

Two supplementary pedestrian-activated sign treatments were evaluated