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SLO releases Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon educational video

Construction on new pedestrian hybrid crossing to begin this week on San Luis Obispo
Posted at 2:49 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 17:49:49-04

The city of San Luis Obispo released its first video, of three, in a series meant to educate community members on how to use the city's new Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon.

The first video formally introduces and explains the need for the beacon.

The second video will inform drivers of what to expect when approaching the beacon.

Lastly, the third video will be focusing on pedestrian and bicyclists utilizing the beacon for safe crossing.

According to Transportation Planner/Engineer, Jennifer Rice, "Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons are proven to be an effective solution to improve mobility and crossing safety for pedestrians and bicyclists with less traffic delays."

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons are said to reduce overall collisions by 29 percent, pedestrian collisions by 69 percent and serious fatal crashes by 15 percent, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

Construction began in June of 2019 and was activated in December of 2019.

Following the activation of the beacon, the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Ferrini Road was identified by the city as the highest safest routes to school improvement priority for Pacheco and Bishop's Peak Elementary schools.