Lighted Crosswalk Making Las Olas Boulevard Safer

Responding to Concerned Citizens

Fort Lauderdale, Florida officials recently installed one of our LED crosswalk lighting systems on Las Olas Blvd at SE 13th Street. The crosswalk is located where drivers leaving nearby shopping areas begin to speed up as they transition to a faster roadway.

Pedestrians in lighted crosswalk system on Las Olas Boulevard Photo: Robert Duyos, Sun Sentinel

Pedestrians using the lighted crosswalk system on Las Olas Boulevard at SE 13 Ave. (Robert Duyos, Sun Sentinel)

The safety system was introduced in a response to a recent survey that found building “more walkable and bikeable streets” was one of the top requests made by citizens in the area. In Florida, from 2008 to 2011, 180 pedestrians were killed on Broward County roads – second only to Miami-Dade County.

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The crosswalk before system installation was cause for concern.

Safer Streets in South Florida

A recent Sun Sentinel article describes the elevated need for this kind of system in the South Florida region:

“The lights are a first, and more importantly, a must. The $50,000 crosswalk makes its first debut on a public road in South Florida next month, and the new technology couldn’t come at a better time.

Pedestrian safety is always an issue in South Florida, a region that typically leads the nation in the number of pedestrian fatalities and hit-and-runs. Fortunately, studies show motorists brake sooner and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians when they see flashing lights or an illuminated crosswalk.”

The innovative traffic safety device is proven to reduce roadway accidents leading pedestrian injuries and fatalities, making in South Florida’s streets safer.

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The intersection at Las Olas Blvd. and SE 13th Ave. where the new crosswalk is installed.

The system uses ultra-bright LEDs that can be seen up to 1,500 feet away – even in sunny daytime conditions. Now, as Las Olas drivers leave the main shopping areas they’ll have increased awareness of pedestrians in the roadway, both day and night. 

2 thoughts on “Lighted Crosswalk Making Las Olas Boulevard Safer

  1. Ronald Sage

    I really like the “idea”, but the cost of $50K is a bit steep. New Bern, NC is getting ready with two new sidewalk projects to add in some new crosswalk upgrades. Maybe they will see this and inquire about. One of these major areas is the intersection at Glenberie Ave and Neuse Blvd. Both are a 45mph zone with NO crosswalks whatsoever. Very disheartening in you walk or ride a bike. New Sidewalks down Neuse Blvd will be a very nice addition once the road surface gets repaved. Glenbernie is to get a new multiuse sidewalk along a single side from one school zone to connect into Neuse Blvd project. Can’t wait to see the designs.

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    1. Traffic Safety Corp. Post author

      Hi there,

      Great news about New Bern, NC! Thanks for letting us know, we’ll have to learn more about that project. We’re always thrilled to hear about new crosswalk upgrades.

      Speaking to the idea that the cost is high, we often ask ourselves, “What is the cost of saving even just one human life?” Our systems are know to be the longest lasting, most reliable, most durable long-term system – competing designs may cost less, but will they last? How many lives will these systems save in its lifetime? Hard to say. But, our stance is that even just one is worth it.

      We hope they do see this, and we’d love to get in touch with them. Thanks so much for reaching out!

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