In August 2021, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Technology Transfer program featured a research spotlight article, discussing the effectiveness of Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHBs). The article noted PHBs as one of the Federal Highway Administration’s seven Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) countermeasures for reducing pedestrian collisions.
The blog summarized findings from the NJDOT-funded 2020 New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center research on Evaluating the Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon’s Effectiveness: A Case Study in New Jersey.
The research included findings from case studies across the Country, analyzed pedestrian and driver behavior around three PHB locations in New Jersey, and surveyed the level of public awareness about PHBs in the State through an online survey. It demonstrated a lack of public awareness among both drivers and pedestrians on the functioning of PHBs and the potential need for education addressing this gap in awareness.