New Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Crosswalk on Calle Real to Activate on January 20

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Photo of New Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) crosswalk on Calle Real between Encina Lane and Kingston Avenue
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Source: City of Goleta

The City of Goleta is pleased to announce its newly installed Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) crosswalk on Calle Real should be up and running soon. The PHB located mid-block between Encina Lane and Kingston Avenue at the Calle Real Shopping Center area is scheduled for striping followed by final activation on January 20, 2022.

City of Goleta Public Works Director Charlie Ebeling said, “We are excited about the crosswalk improvements on Calle Real. The installation of the new crossing will provide additional safety and benefit all users.”

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 15, 2022 01:24 PM
New Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Crosswalk on Calle Real to Activate on January 20

Confusing because the onlydescription of this type of double red light in the DMV handbook is the double red wig-wag flashing lights used at railroad crossings, which means stop until lights go out.

Painted lines on the crosswalk require drivers to stop for pedestrians, and the bright yellow flashers used elsewhere on Calle Real caution drivers to pay attention. We need enforcement of existing clear rules, not some strange new light that is not in the drivers’ handbook.

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