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Published on Saturday, October 27, 2012
In the past year, four pedestrian fatalities have occurred on Fredericksburg Road, a roadway that carries approximately 16,806 vehicles per day.
In an effort to increase pedestrian safety, District 7 City Councilman Cris Medina collaborated with the City’s Department of Public Works and the Texas Department of Transportation to fund and install a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon at the 2800 block of Fredericksburg Road by December 2012 (dependent upon unforeseen weather conditions and utility coordination). The Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon, also known as High-Intensity Activated crossWalK (HAWK), is activated by a pedestrian and utilizes yellow and red lights to warn drivers when a pedestrian is crossing the roadway. A crosswalk, curb ramps and signs to alert both drivers and pedestrians to the crosswalk will also be installed with the Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon.
The Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon/HAWK phasing indicates the following:
The San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) is working on increasing community awareness through a Pedestrian Safety Campaign to encourage pedestrians to Walk Safe. SAPD is seeking to reduce vehicle/pedestrian fatalities through enforcement and education.
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