Pedestrian Safety Efforts in Town
The Town of Davidson is dedicated to providing a safe network of sidewalks, crosswalks, sidepaths, multi-use paths, and greenways for residents and visitors alike to be able to travel safely on foot around town.
There are a variety of safety measures throughout the Town of Davidson with respect to pedestrian safety:
- Pedestrian Safety Zones (PSZ)– In the Town of Davidson, a pedestrian safety zone is an area where there is a high volume of pedestrian and vehicle traffic adjacent to or roadways leading to business and institution locations. The image at the top of this article shows the locations of the pedestrian safety zones.
- Leading Pedestrian Intervals – This type of traffic signal phasing starts the pedestrian phase several seconds before any conflicting vehicle movement is given a green light. This allows the pedestrian to reach the middle of the crosswalk before a vehicle starts to move, which makes the pedestrian more visible to the motorist. A leading pedestrian interval is designed to improve safety for pedestrians while limiting delays for motorists and traffic backups.
- Pedestrian Crosswalk Flag – After students from the Community School of Davidson created and tested the crossing flag concept at several intersections in town, Davidson’s Board of Commissioners decided to expand flag usage to promote the safety of our residents. Pedestrians are encouraged to wave an orange flag when at the edge of the crosswalk, to make eye contact with any vehicles, and then proceed across the street. The flag can then be placed in the receptacle for another pedestrian to use. The flags have tape which increases visibility at night.
- Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) – Funded through a Safe Routes to School grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, pedestrian flashing beacons are pedestrian activated signals to alert drivers of pedestrians crossing streets.
- Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (HAWK signals) – HAWK signals consist of a traffic light installed on a mast arm above the vehicle travel lane(s) at a crosswalk. When a pedestrian operates the WALK button, the traffic light operates similar to a normal traffic light signal, displaying a red STOP indication. After a timed crossing period, the light goes dark again. For an instructional PDF, click HERE.
- In-Street Pedestrian Crosswalk Signs – In-street pedestrian signs are the best way to get the attention of drivers on Davidson’s streets. There are sings in the middle of selected crosswalks alerting drivers to stop for pedestrians.