|Improvements to pedestrian crossings along High Street in Old
Worthington are being proposed, including upgrades to the crossings at
Stafford Avenue, Village Green Drive South and Short Street. On Monday,
January 4, 2016, City Council will consider funding for the design of
Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHB) at these intersections.
How does a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Work?
Consultants DLZ recommended PHB's after an evaluation
into possible solutions to improve pedestrian safety in Old Worthington. The recommendation
was reviewed and supported by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board.
DLZ will present the findings of their study and demonstrate the
functionality and benefits of the Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons during the
January 4th City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the
Louis J.R. Goorey Worthington Municipal Building.
A PHB signal is a type of traffic signal which creates a safer and more efficient environment for pedestrians to cross busy streets at uncontrolled marked crosswalk locations. A PHB is distinct from pre-timed traffic signals and constant flash warning beacons because it is only activated by pedestrians when needed. Because PHBs remain dark until activated, they can help increase driver attention to pedestrians crossing the roadway, and can reduce rear-end collisions. The PHBs red signal indication removes any judgment from the motorists and requires a complete stop. The PHB provides a clear message that motorists must stop and allow pedestrians to cross the street. See InfoGraphic Here
More Information from the DLZ Mobility Studies
Old Worthington Mobility Study Phase 1 (High & Stafford)
Old Worthington Mobility Study Bike & Pedestrian Q & A
Old Worthington Mobility Study Phase 2 (High Street)
Appendices Combine – Traffic Counts