Historically, school zones in Indianapolis had a reduced speed limit from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm on school days, however, with multiple school districts, year-round, charter and private schools, it is difficult for drivers to keep track of school days.
The City of Indianapolis is pursuing multiple opportunities to improve safety for children traveling to school. This project, funded in part by Highway Safety Improvement Plan (HSIP) funds, replaced static signs with flashing beacons to improve driver awareness of school zones and also included the upgrade of speed and crossing signs.
As part of the safety improvement project, rectangular rapid flashing beacon (RRFB) assemblies were installed at uncontrolled crosswalks where the flashing lights are activated by a pedestrian push button and are accompanied by the typical crosswalk signage. Because the lights flash only when a pedestrian is planning to cross, they more easily capture drivers’ attention. One study showed 72-96% of drivers stopped or yielded to pedestrians where RRFBs were installed, compared to 0-26% prior to installation.
Shrewsberry completed the HSIP funding applications and design for all phases of the project. Phases I and II consisted of over 50 RRFB assemblies and over 400 speed zone assemblies installed at a cost of $1.8 million. Phase III covers all public and private K-12 schools in Indianapolis.