Greenwich GO

Our community is always on the go! The Town of Greenwich Police and Public Works Departments have teamed up to create Greenwich GO, a public awareness campaign aimed to educate and promote safe driving, walking, and bicycling. Greenwich GO will feature a series of educational road safety topics. CLICK HERE to read the official press release. 

Topic 2. Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs)

Located at numerous crosswalks throughout town are Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs), which flash high-intensity yellow LED lights to alert drivers that there are pedestrians looking to cross or already crossing the street. RRFBs are activated when a pedestrian touches the manual push button next to the crosswalk.

RRFBs are a proven safety countermeasure by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration

What Should Pedestrians Do

  1. PRESS THE BUTTON to activate the RRFB, so that motorists are more likely to notice you trying to cross.
  2. CHECK FOR TRAFFIC before crossing. Make eye contact with drivers and wait until traffic is yielding.  
  3. CROSS THE STREET and stay alert of traffic around you. Continue to scan both directions while crossing. 

What Should Drivers Do

  1. BE ALERT AND SLOW DOWN in areas with crosswalks. Anticipate people crossing the street. RRFB lights may flash.
  2. YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS and bicyclists trying to cross the street, even if the RRFB lights are not flashing.
  3. ENSURE CROSSWALK IS CLEAR of people before resuming travel. Give pedestrians and bicyclists plenty of space when yielding. 

RRFB Infographic  Opens in new window

Topic 1. Sharrows

Have you seen the sharrows around town? Sharrows, also known as Shared Lane Markings, are intended to improve bicycle safety on streets that are too narrow for traditional bike lanes. This road marking has two inverted V-shapes above a bicycle to remind motorists and bicyclists that they must share the lane. 

What Should Drivers Do

  • Be prepared to share the road with bicyclists. Expect to see bicyclists on the street.
  • Remember to give bicyclists three feet of space when passing.
  • Continue to follow the rules of the road and exercise caution.

What Should Bicyclists Do

  • Use the sharrow to guide where you ride within the lane.
  • Remember not to ride too close to parked cars.
  • Continue to follow the rules of the road and exercise caution.

Currently, there are sharrows located on Ritch Avenue, Hamilton Avenue, Old Field Point Road, Railroad Avenue, Steamboat Road, Museum Drive, Davis Avenue, Indian Harbor Drive, Hendrie Avenue, Drinkwater Place, Summit Road, Spring Street, Riverside Avenue, and Meadow Road.

Sharrow Infographic Front Page Opens in new window