Pedestrian safety in Vancouver keeps improving, with fewer pedestrian crashes and fatalities, due to our efforts with Vancouver Police Department, ICBC, and Vancouver Coastal Health.
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We are testing rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs) at three crosswalks in the City:
When you cross the street at these locations, press the button to turn on the high-intensity light and let people driving or cycling know you’re crossing.
Flashing beacons are suited where many people cross the road, drivers rarely stop, and a pedestrian signal isn’t essential.
Watch a video about how the beacons work.
In 2012, the City completed its first-ever pedestrian safety study. Since then, the majority of priority locations highlighted in the report have received engineering improvements and safety measures such as countdown timers, LED lighting, left turn changes, and slower walk speeds. Work on all 44 locations is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.
Pedestrian crossing signal
The walking pedestrian light means cross the street within the painted crosswalk lines if it is safe.
The flashing hand means it's too late to crossing if you haven't already started so wait until the next walking pedestrian light.
The steady hand means don't cross and wait until the next walking pedestrian light.
The countdown timer may appear next to the signals above, depending on the intersection. When you see the flashing hand and countdown, it's too late to cross if you haven't already so wait until the next walking pedestrian light.