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Increasing Pedestrian Safety with Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons

ODOT is improving safety for people walking, biking or rolling at crossings by installing Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons, also known as pedestrian activated beacons, at locations across Region 1. The beacons are a critical part of ODOT's efforts to maintain a modern and safe transportation system.

How to use Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons

Educational Videos

Pedestrian activated beacons are installed at specific pedestrian crossings with high pedestrian and vehicle traffic to alert drivers that people are crossing the street. 

When someone activates the beacon by pushing the button, yellow LED lights will flash to alert people driving to the presence of someone at the crossing.

See how ODOT chooses sites for pedestrian activated beacons, how they improve safety and what drivers and people crossing the street need to do when they see a rapid flashing beacon. View the videos below or on YouTube. 

Pedestrian Activated Beacons Help Alert Drivers to the Presence of Pedestrians


Los faros activados por peatones ayudan a alertar a los conductores sobre la presencia de peatones


Driver Responsibility to Visually Impaired Pedestrians crossing at Pedestrian Activated Beacon


Responsabilidad del conductor cuando deficientes visuales cruzan en un faro activado por peatones


Pedestrian Responsibility at a Pedestrian Activated Beacon Crossing


La responsabilidad del peatón en un cruce peatonal con un faro activado por peatones



View our brochure “A Guide for Pedestrians and Drivers - Crossing Beacons” to learn what to do when you see a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon.

Safety Benefits 

  • Enhanced pedestrian crossings with pedestrian activated beacons alert drivers that people are crossing the street.
  • Pedestrian activated beacons can reduce crashes between vehicles and pedestrians by increasing driver awareness to a person crossing the road.

Rapid Flashing Beacon project locations 

There are several locations identified for pedestrian activated beacon installation in the next several years. See the list below for completed and future pedestrian activated beacon locations.

Other completed rectangular rapid flashing beacons locations as of June 2020 include:

  • SE 82nd Avenue at Center/Francis.
  • SW Barbur Boulevard at Rasmussen, Luradel, Alice and 13th.
  • SE 82nd Avenue and Division.
  • NE Sandy Boulevard at 131st.
  • SE 93rd Avenue at SE Division Street.
  • SW Kelly Avenue/Naito Parkway at  SW Water Avenue.

Future Projects

  • Region 1 Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements project includes two rapid flash beacons on 82nd Avenue at NE Pacific and SE Mitchell Streets, two rapid flash beacons on OR 99E at SE Boardman and SE Hull Avenue, and one rapid flash beacon on OR 8 at 12th Avenue in Cornelius. Construction is scheduled for 2022. 
  • U.S. 30 Bypass (Sandy Blvd) @ NE 108th Avenue includes one rapid flashing beacon on NE Sandy Boulevard at NE 108th Avenue in Portland. Construction is scheduled for late 2021. 
  • Rapid Pedestrian Improvements 2021 project includes one rapid flashing beacon NE 82nd Avenue at NE Alberta. Construction underway. Learn more. 
  • Lombard Multimodal Safety Project includes two rapid flashing beacons on North Lombard at N. Delaware and N. Emerald on North Lombard in Portland. Construction underway.
  • Lighting and Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons project includes five rapid flashing beacons in various locations in Gresham.
  • Outer Powell Phase 2 project includes ten rapid flashing beacons on SE Powell Boulevard at SE 108th, SE 116th, SE 119th, SE 140th, SE 145th, SE 151st, SE 156th, between SE 157th and SE 160th, SE 166th and 168th Avenues in Portland. Construction is scheduled for 2023.
  • OR 8 Improvements 110th Ave to 192nd Avenue project includes one rapid flashing beacon on OR 8 at SW 192nd Avenue. Construction is scheduled for 2022.
  • OR 43 Willamette Drive Improvement project includes one rapid flashing beacon on OR 43 at Cedar Oak Drive in West Linn. More information will be available soon.
  • 82nd Avenue: Foster to SE Thompson project includes two rapid flashing beacons on SE 82nd Avenue at SE Cooper Street and SE Clatsop Street in Portland, two rapid flashing beacons on SE 82nd Avenue at SE Glencoe Road and near SE Thompson Road in Clackamas County. Construction is scheduled for 2023. 

View photos of Rapid Flash Beacons

Crosswalks: Rapid Flash Beacons
For Questions 
Contact Tiana Tozer
Region 1 Transportation Safety Coordinator

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