Although there is no specific mention of our flashing beacon crosswalks in Town Code, our Traffic Engineering Division regularly references the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices to determine their use and function.
Additionally, the Federal Highway Administration has approved the use of flashing beacon crosswalks as a supplemental treatment to improve the visibility of pedestrians trying to cross. The flashing lights inform drivers that there is a pedestrian present. This should raise drivers' awareness and their ability to yield, which is the State law in Colorado.
The Town has found that when using flashing beacon crosswalks, we improve the driver yield rate to over 90% of the time versus without, which is only about 50% of the time. Pedestrians need to make sure the driver is yielding to them before proceeding and to always proceed with caution. The section that references yielding is from the Colorado Model Traffic Code, which was adopted by the Town in the Town Municipal Code with a few exceptions and clarifications. For more information on the Model Traffic Code, reference Title 10 of Town Code.
Reviewed January 11, 2024