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Flashing pedestrian signal beacon installed in Little Italy

Posted at 5:53 PM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 10:16:34-04

BALTIMORE — It's part of a push to make streets safe for those on foot.

A new flashing pedestrian beacon signal was installed at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Exeter Street in Little Italy. It was officially activated Monday.

Community members worked closely with Councilman Zeke Cohen and the Department of Transportation to advocate for traffic calming measures that slow down cars and allow for safer crossings.

"Pedestrian activated flashing beacons have been shown to increase driver yielding behavior and reduce the risk of pedestrian involved crashes," said Mayor Jack Young. "Using technology and small scale changes to reduce pedestrian vehicle conflict is a key component of our safe city strategy and one of the many ways we are working to make out streets safer."

This is the first flashing beacon of its kind in Baltimore City that was designed and constructed by DOT personnel.