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Posted on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 6:40 p.m.

New flashing crosswalk beacons installed in Chelsea

By Cindy Heflin

New flashing beacons have been installed to improve pedestrian safety in Chelsea in the crosswalk on Old U.S. 12 near Silver Maples drive, Chelsea Update reported.

The pedestrian-activated rectangular rapid flashing beacons flash yellow to warn motorists that someone is about to cross the road.

Police Chief Ed Toth warned, however, that pedestrians should still exercise caution and make sure drivers have stopped before entering the crosswalk, since the device is not a traffic signal.

The video below shows how the beacons work.


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northlands_mom

Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 2:24 p.m.

I am very nervous about this new crossing. It is located on a very heavily travelled, HIGH SPEED 45 MPH road. Much of the traffic on the road isn't local - it's people going to Ann Arbor or Jackson. As a driver, I am conccerned about someone jumping in front of me without warning, and as a pedestrian, I wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole. Lights or not, this crossing is dangerous.

Upton

Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 2:18 p.m.

Doh! AA has 'em in multiple confusing flavors. I thought there was more common sense in Chelsea. First of all, whatever happened to "Look both ways before crossing, then cross when it is safe"? What don't people get? Get off your phone, walkers and drivers. Turn off/down your music, walkers and drivers. Use your eyes and ears. Take a physics lesson to learn that the result of a hard, fast moving 2000 lb object will always win versus a soft, slow moving, 200 lb. object. Bikers have ignored this line of thought and already been injured and killed displaying their right to ride two or three abreast or just plain in the middle of the road on hilly Chelsea area roads. Now walkers (with apologies to fans of The Walking Dead) are following suit?

LXIX

Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 10:39 a.m.

Police Chief Ed Toth warned, however, that pedestrians should still exercise caution and make sure drivers have stopped before entering the crosswalk". Because NOBODY in the entire world is as -------------!!! as Ann Arbor City with its bubbleworld crosswalk ordinance pretending to make pedestrians doublebubble safe with telepathic driver control eminating from their great magic bubblewand in front of city hall (kids, despite what your soon to retire representatives may want you to believe you are not doublebubble safe - listen to what Chief Toth says). This video makes that area look a lttle bit more built up since the last time I saw it. RRFB signals are up to 84% effective depending upon which study is used and the number of signs. That means 16% of the time drivers will not stop! - even in Ann Arbor. Flashers cost between $8k and $15k per sign install. Signs/buttons can be hardwired together or solar powered separately with radio controlled buttons. At least four signs should be used. The super-duper migraine models like those on Plymouth Rd with overhead flashers can cost upwards $100k. Ask the city how much they really forked over. Hawk systems are even more effective at 90%+ and cost about $150k. Stop lights are the bets and cost about $150k but need traffic engineering justification (rare).

Dipstick

Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 1:46 p.m.

As a European, I don't understand this issue with pedestrian crossings? Maybe it is because I was taught to be aware of my soundings when driving, look ahead and be aware if pedestrians are near a cross walk and give way to them if they want to cross. What is different in 'Merica?

silo

Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 6:13 a.m.

What is the cost for the equipment and installation of one device?

alan

Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 1:33 a.m.

"...pedestrians should still exercise caution and make sure drivers have stopped before entering the crosswalk, since the device is not a traffic signal." Now I'm more confused. It's not a traffic signal so you can't be ticketed for ignoring it? Yet in Ann Arbor if a pedestrian on the sidewalk throws themselves into traffic I'm supposed to know that that was their intent. Maybe we should stop just making up new traffic signals and stick to the laws and signals that have worked for a very long time.