Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety: What You Need to Know About Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs)

The City’s Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons are located in Historic Downtown Lebanon.What Is It?
A rectangular rapid flashing beacon (RRFB) is a form of traffic control that uses flashing yellow lights at a crosswalk to warn drivers of pedestrians or cyclists waiting to cross or already crossing the street.
How Does It Work?

A pedestrian pushes the button and the warning lights are activated, notifying drivers of activity in the crosswalk. The pedestrian proceeds carefully into the crosswalk as vehicles yield to the crossing pedestrian or cyclist.

Ohio law requires motorists to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. The flashing lights of an RRFB help to increase a driver's awareness of a pedestrian crossing.

How To Use An RRFBPedestrians & Cyclists

  • Press the button on the RRFB to activate the flashing lights.
  • Look to see if vehicles are yielding before proceeding into and through the crosswalk.
  • Cross the street, stay within the bounds of the crosswalk, looking in both directions to ensure vehicles are yielding.
  • Cyclists: When riding in the travel lane, ride in the direction of traffic, obey all traffic laws and yield to pedestrians.


  • Begin yielding when approaching an activated RRFB.
  • Do not pass another vehicle that has stopped or is slowing down at a crosswalk.
  • Come to a complete stop prior to reaching the crosswalk boundary.
  • Do not stop within or block a crosswalk.
  • Remain stopped for pedestrians or cyclists that are within the crosswalk, regardless of whether the RRFB is activated.
  • Ensure crosswalk is clear before resuming travel.