Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB)

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB)

The pedestrian hybrid beacon (PHB), or High Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK), is a traffic control device designed to help pedestrians safely cross busy or higher-speed roadways at midblock crossings and uncontrolled intersections. The beacon head consists of two red lenses above a single yellow lens. The lenses remain "dark" until a pedestrian desiring to cross the street pushes the call button to activate the beacon. The signal then initiates a yellow to red lighting sequence consisting of steady and flashing lights that directs motorists to slow and come to a stop. The pedestrian signal then flashes a WALK display to the pedestrian. Once the pedestrian has safely crossed, the hybrid beacon again goes dark.

The first PHB was developed in Tucson, Arizona in 2000.  Since then, municipalities across the state of Arizona have constructed PHB’s including Bullhead City, Bylas, Flagstaff, Sierra Vista, and throughout the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas.

Example of Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB); Photo courtesy of Mike CyneckiPhoto courtesy of Mike Cynecki

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Example Projects

  • Florence Boulevard - PDF | DGN (4.5 MB .zip)