Pedestrian Safety

The City of Largo wants you to stay safe as a pedestrian and a motorist in our community. All road users have a responsibility to be safe, but pedestrians and bicyclists have more to lose. Below you can find information regarding crosswalk safety while using the crosswalk or on the road. So, remember, heads up Largo, whether you're a motorist, pedestrian or bicyclist. Don't let distractions limit your visibility. Because wherever you're going, the goal is to arrive safely.

Safety Information

What are Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs)?
Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) are pedestrian crossing devices that utilize yellow flashing signs to signal incoming traffic of people attempting to cross a roadway. These beacons increase the visibility of pedestrians and make drivers more aware of the presence of people crossing from either side of a street. Flashing patterns are activated with push buttons. RRFBs increase motorist yield rates by up to 98% and can reduce crashes by up to 48%. They are recommended by the Federal Highway Administration’s (FWHA) Everyday Counts Safety Program and has shown to be an efficient safety device by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). 
How should I use the crosswalk?
Pedestrians and bicyclists using the crosswalk:

  • Press the push button to activate the RRFB
  • Wait for drivers to yield and make eye contact with drivers before stepping out onto the crosswalk
  • Always be scanning each traffic lane before moving on
  • Walk defensively and look in both directions to ensure safety
What safety precautions should I use as a motorist?
Motorists and bicyclists on the road:
  • Begin to yield when approaching an activated RRFB and anticipate pedestrians crossing the crosswalk
  • Stop for walkers or bicyclists at the stop bar even if the lights have stopped flashing
  • Never block the crosswalk
  • Do not attempt to pass another vehicle that is stopping for a RRFB
  • Wait until pedestrians have completely exited the crosswalk and check for other approaching pedestrians before resuming travel

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