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City Invests to Increase Awareness of Pedestrians at Seven Crosswalks in Grande Prairie
Posted Date: 5/24/2018
The City of Grande Prairie is proud to pilot low-cost, high-benefit improvements to seven crosswalks throughout Grande Prairie in the form of rapid flashing beacons.

Rapid flashing beacons increase driver awareness of pedestrians wanting to cross a roadway. They require a pedestrian to activate flashing yellow lights by pushing a button that is mounted on poles adjacent to the crossing area.

Once traffic is stopped, the pedestrian may proceed across the road. Drivers are reminded that they are to yield to pedestrians at a crosswalk, any driver failing to yield to a pedestrian can be issued with a fine and/or demerit points. 

An added benefit of rapid flashing beacons is that they are solar powered and may be installed in locations where a convenient electrical supply does not exist.

This construction season, rapid flashing beacons will be installed at three schools and four high traffic areas:
  • 104A Street and Royal Oaks Drive (Roy Bickell School)
  • Pinnacle Drive (École Nouvelle Frontière)
  • 104A Street and 74 Avenue (Derek Taylor School)
  • 98 Street and 103 Avenue (Grande Prairie Public Library/City Hall)
  • 89A Street and Crystal Lake Drive (Chandelier Park)
  • 104 Avenue and east of 115 Street (Points West Living)
  • 108 Street and 132 Avenue (Arbour Hills)
The installation at each location will take approximately two weeks, with all locations completed around the end of June. Once installed, the rapid flashing beacons will be monitored for one year before other locations are considered for installation.

For more information about the different types of pedestrian crosswalk, and how to use them, please refer to the City’s website.