On Sept. 13, we launched a new program for pedestrian-activated flashing lights at unsignalized intersections and mid-block crosswalks. Thank you to Northshore School District's leadership for joining us and speaking at the kickoff celebration! We've installed 10 solar-powered flashing lights at five locations, with more to follow in 2018.
Student pedestrian safety was one of the top issues City leaders heard from parents when we were developing last year's Safe Streets & Sidewalk levy. Studies show that the irregular flash pattern of the lights increases the number of drivers who yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.
These lights are an effective, low-cost way to improve pedestrian safety.
Most of these flashing lights are funded through the Safe Streets & Sidewalks levy, approved by voters in November 2016. Five are funded by State of Washington Transportation Improvement Board’s Complete Street grant program and State of Washington’s Safe Route to School grant program. Snohomish County Public Works Assistance Loan Program provided funding for the construction of several of the lights in Snohomish County.
University of Washington, Bothell also contributed half of the design and construction costs for the proposed flashing light at Beardslee Boulevard and NE 185th Street.
Activated crosswalk flashing light
How the lights work
Pedestrians activate the lights by pushing a button. The lights flash long enough for pedestrians to safely cross the street, then automatically turn off.