Vice Mayor Richard Fimbres and the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) this week unveiled a new pedestrian crossing on Bilby Road, just west of Campbell Avenue at Sunnyside High School. The safety device is a pedestrian-activated Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) intended to increase the visibility of uncontrolled, marked crosswalks.
“The new Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon crosswalk was the result of the work of the Sunnyside High School Student Council, working with my office,” said Vice Mayor Fimbres. "This crosswalk will be a pilot program and will be monitored for its effectiveness.”
The RRFB crosswalk cost $28,000, approximately six times less than a standard HAWK that costs $175,000, and transportation officials say it can reduce accidents by 60 percent.