Push Button Activation Alerts Drivers to Students Crossing
PALMDALE – Students heading back to Summerwind Elementary were greeted with a newly installed pedestrian crosswalk enhanced with two push-activated flashing beacons at the intersection of Summerwind Drive and Stanfill Road at the existing school crosswalk.
The solar-powered flashing beacon system was installed to draw motorists’ attention and encourage them to slow down and stop when pedestrians are in the crosswalk. They feature flashing, high-intensity LEDs visible under all weather conditions. The beacons only operate when someone pushes the pedestrian crossing button.
“The lights add safety to our jobs and for the children and their parents,” shared crossing guard Diane Shepherd, as students and their parents used the new crossing beacon.
The beacons were installed on Aug. 2 after concerned residents requested increased safety measures at the intersection through a neighborhood petition. The City’s Traffic Signal and Street Light division’s innovative staff used available resources to install the flashing beacon and push button activator in time for the start of the school year. This is the ninth beacon-enhanced pedestrian crossing in Palmdale.