Goleta Installs New Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Crosswalk on Calle Real

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Goleta Installs New Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Crosswalk on Calle Real
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Source: City of Goleta

The City of Goleta is pleased to announce the completed construction of a new Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) crosswalk on Calle Real. The PHB is located mid-block between Encina Lane and Kingston Avenue in the Calle Real Shopping Center area. 

A PHB signal provides warning to motorists that a pedestrian or bicyclist is crossing the street. The user can activate the flashing lights with either the push of a button or “touchless" with the wave of a hand. Activation of the PHB requires motorists to stop so pedestrians and bicyclists can cross safely.

The PHB remains dark until activated, then displays a special sequence of lights. Unlike a standard traffic signal, drivers are not required to stop when the PHB is not activated. Once activated, the beacons flash yellow, then steady yellow, then solid red. During the red phase, drivers must remain stopped while users cross the street. Prior to turning dark again, the beacon alternates flashing red to allow drivers to stop then proceed when clear, as they would with a stop sign.

The installation on Calle Real is one of many being installed throughout the City to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, and alternate modes of transportation. The City’s Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon projects are funded by Measure A.

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BillW Jan 12, 2022 01:03 PM
Goleta Installs New Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Crosswalk on Calle Real

Strange, indeed. These lights are not described in the California DMV handbook. Other crosswalks use conventional R-Y-G stoplights, and show green when this light goes dark, yellow to warn of change, and a single red for stop. Simple.

This strange light goes to a dual steady red light for stop (strange), then a wig-wag flashing light (like the mandatory stop light at a railroad crossing), but does it mean stop? Who permitted this strange and confusing light? Is it legal? Was the designer of this mess following Annr professional guidelines! Guess Goleta is just a small backwater place, after all.

a-1642025026 Jan 12, 2022 02:03 PM
Goleta Installs New Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Crosswalk on Calle Real

Flashing yellow, as used elsewhere on this street, has the same advantage. It’s also clearer and less expensive than these weird double-red lights that have no green. Law requires stopping when conventional signal lights go dark.

CloudsInSky Jan 10, 2022 10:14 PM
Goleta Installs New Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Crosswalk on Calle Real

Because there is no cross walk , It is dangerous to cross the street at SB airport to catch the city bus heading toward downtown . All other airports that I've been to have a crosswalk from the baggage claim area to public transportation, hotel shuttles, taxis..

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