At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, the City Council cleared the last hurdle for the County’s Public Works to install several RRFBs (Rapid Rectangular Flashing Devices) at various locations on Rhode Island Avenue in north College Park.
We’re expecting to have the RRFBs to be installed during this summer.
Rhode Island Avenue is a County Road and thus the Council had to approve a MOU (memorandum of understanding) between the County and the City. According to the MOU, the City will take responsibilities of the installation, maintenance and and liabilities related to these RRFBS.
Exact locations of RRFBs are still in works, but they will be located between Sunnyside and MD 193, in particular at the high pedestrian traffic areas, such as Duvall field, near Muskugee Road.
Awesome! As a neighborhood jogger/pedestrian, it’s can be a little dicey crossing Rhode Island Ave so this is a welcome change. If only something can be done to convince people to observe the stop signs and not use the bike lanes for passing when cyclists are present. One step at a time. 🙂
Can we get some statistics on how many pedestrians are struck by vehicles every month on this stretch of road? I ask because we should compare this number to the statistics after the RRFBs are installed, to see if they were a good investment.
(I suspect the number is not many, and may in fact be zero.)
Hi Pat, Thanks for asking. We have heard from several residents complaining that they and their family members don’t feel safe crossing Rhode Island Avenue. The residents include those who commute to the Greenbelt Metro from west side of the road and parents with children going to the Hollywood Elementary School and to the Duvall Field. I will ask our Police and Public Safety Director about statistics you asked for. Thanks again for your interest.