Renown Health funds six Rapid Response Flashing Beacons near Washoe County School District schools

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Grace Davis

Annie Zucker

 

Renown Health funds six Rapid Response Flashing Beacons near Washoe County School District Schools 

 

Reno, NV (October 28, 2020) -- The Washoe County School District (WCSD) Safe Routes To Schools (SRTS) worked alongside the City of Reno, City of Sparks, and Washoe County to identify six intersections near come District schools to install Rapid Response Flashing Beacons (RRFB).
 
“Studies show that drivers on their daily commute become complacent to warning signs and lighting. Adding a rapid reflector beacon light at a crosswalk will catch drivers’ attention to warn them that a pedestrian is in the crosswalk.  This is especially helpful within a school zone since students are often a smaller visual target for drivers to see within that crosswalk.”
 
This initiative was kickstarted by three students at the Academy of Arts, Careers, and Technology. Avery Pipkin, Quincy Mross, and Damyana Mihaylova studied student pedestrians’ safety near the school and presented this information to the City of Reno Council. The first RRFB was unveiled on January 15, 2019.
 
Following this installation, Renown Health has donated six more units to the three jurisdictions. The City of Reno, City of Sparks, and Washoe County worked together to build a rubric to identify the most needed locations. Selected locations include:
 
City of Reno

  • Robb and Lancer at McQueen High School
  • Ambassador and Avenida De Landa at Westergard Elementary School
  • Silverada and Fantastic at Cannan Elementary School and High Desert Montessori

 
City of Sparks

  • Lincoln Way and 4th Street
  • Prater Way and 13th Street

 
Washoe County

  • Highland Ranch Parkway and Donatello

 
The units were donated to the three jurisdictions by Renown Health and are being distributed locally by Sierra Transportation Technologies. These units will be delivered and installed in 1-2 weeks, contingent on weather.
 
We want to remind our community members that Daylight Savings Time is this Sunday, November 1. This means that our days are getting shorter with less daylight. Please remember to watch for pedestrians and slowdown in and near school zones.

 

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