Keepin’ it Safe at Crosswalks|
The city has installed rapid-flashing beacons at four Tigard crosswalks: Durham Road at Tigard High School, Greenburg Road at Center Street, Walnut Street at Grant Avenue,
and 68th Parkway south of Hampton Street. These crossings are popular with pedestrians, but
do not have traffic signals.
The solar-powered beacons, stationed along both sides of the street, are mounted on posts with
typical crosswalk signage. Pedestrians press a button to activate the beacons, which produce
yellow flashing lights. The lights signal motorists to yield to pedestrians waiting at the curb
or walking in the crosswalk. Depending on the width of the crossing, beacons flash for 20 to 40
seconds before turning off automatically. Research shows that crosswalk beacons significantly
increase the number of motorists who yield to pedestrians. In one study, rates improved from
18 percent before beacons to 81 percent after beacons.
- Cross at designated signals or crosswalks where motorists expect to see you.
- Make eye contact with drivers before stepping into the street.
- Make yourself visible to motorists; be predictable and carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing at night.
- Be alert for pedestrians, particularly at crosswalks and intersections.
- Yield to pedestrians who are crossing or waiting to cross the street.
- Keep in mind that, according to state law, a crosswalk exists across all sides of an intersection—even if the crosswalk is not marked.
Did you know...
Did you know that when you're riding in the street (acting as a vehicle) and a school bus
stops with flashing red lights, you must stop before reaching it and wait, just
like any other vehicle on the road (see ORS 811.155). Easy enough. But cyclists
also have the ability under Oregon law to become pedestrians (ORS 814.410). If
you choose to exercise that option and use the sidewalk to cautiously pass, keep
these rules (from Dan Pegoda of the Animated Traffic Law Center) in mind:
- yield right-of-way to pedestrians and give an audible signal when passing
- slow to walking speed when crossing a crosswalk or driveway
- don't operate your bicycle in a careless manner
- don't operate an electric-assisted bicycle