Signs That are Lightweight, Weatherproof and Reusable are Great for Outdoor Sporting Events

Summer is approaching. Now is the time when the weekend sports enthusiasts are looking to sign up for their favorite annual sporting event.

The weekend event options are limitless. Some are golf or archery tournaments; cycling or running rallies; and so many more. No matter what the preference, the weekends will be active in amateur and charity sporting events.

Hosting and organizing these events can be quite a challenge. In a previous post, we discuss Who Are Those People Managing Traffic Safety in Charity Events?

These activities are possible because many volunteers dedicate their time, and often risk their safety, so that everyone can have a fun and healthy experience.

That would be a combination of volunteers and local police officers from the different towns along the route.

The majority of the volunteers are in place for the safety of the participants. Critical assistance to the volunteers regarding safety is proper signage. This is true of route signage and also identification of key locations, like First Aid stations and information booths.

When considering signage for an outdoor event, an excellent material to use is Coroplast. This material enables a lightweight sign that is durable and weather resistant at an affordable price, even in low quantities.

Coroplast Sign
Example of Coroplast sign

Coroplast® is a registered trademark of Coroplast, LLC. The term coroplast has become a generic term for all corrugated plastic because of its popularity. It has the appearance of plastic cardboard. This is the key to its light weight and resistance to different weather conditions.

Is Coroplast® recyclable? Coroplast, an Interplast Group Company, says:

A: Yes, in most cases, standard Coroplast plastic sheets are 100% recyclable. We encourage the recycling of Coroplast plastic sheets. Due to the durability of Coroplast it can often be reused. If the product is no longer usable we recommend removing any non-polypropylene accessories if applicable and recycling. Polypropylene is coded 5 by the Society of the Plastics Industry. Some common uses for recycled Coroplast include automobile battery cases, signal lights, battery cables, brooms, brushes, ice scrapers, oil funnels, bicycle racks, rakes, bins, pallets, sheeting, and trays.

Coroplast is lightweight and extremely versatile. It is a popular alternative over rigid plastic signs. They are also preferred over poster board and foam core mounting board. Outdoor sporting events require a weatherproof design that will last so the sign can be reused year after year.

At Traffic Safety Direct, we can develop coroplast custom signs to meet the needs of your outdoor event. This category is so broad that we ask you call us to discuss any custom sign needs 201-327-6050.

Additionally, we carry two types of coroplast sign stakes, economy and plastic Spider stakes. One may be a better choice than the other based upon terrain and use.



Pedestrian Crossing Signs are critical for both Pedestrian and Motorist Safety

Pedestrians can be injured in public crosswalks and temporary crosswalk situations during construction. This is especially true if the recommended safety zone is not clearly marked or visible. In turn, a motorist may be placed in a compromised situation if pedestrian crossing signage is not properly installed.

Paint is often used to identify the recommended walking traffic pattern. However, painted crosswalk lines will fade over time and can sometime be difficult to see in twilight hours and bad weather conditions.

Pedestrians and motorists are better protected with in-street pedestrian crossing signs. The pedestrian can readily see the restricted safe access within the traffic pattern. And, the motorist is made aware of the marked pedestrian crossing.

The Federal Highway Administration states in their Countermeasures that Reduce Crash Severity

The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) provides guidance related to the design and installation specifications of roadside hardware and safety hardware. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety reviews crash-tested hardware to determine if it is eligible for Federal Funding.

While the pedestrian crossing signs are designed to protect the individual walking, it must also be designed to not be a hazard to a vehicle. These devices are tested in crash scenarios to evaluate their safety in real life traffic situations.

MUTCD Compliance and NCHRP350 Approved

Pedestrian Crossing Sign System must be designed to withstand impact. The following specifications are important.

  • Double-sided, rugged polyethylene panels that can withstand the elements for years
  • Reactive spring assembly that enables the sign to bounce back upon impact
  • Anti-twist feature that prevents sign from turning if hit
  • High-quality, fluorescent 3M Diamond Grade Reflective Sheeting
  • NCHRP350 approved
  • MUTCD compliant

Fixed or Portable Sign Base Options

The pedestrian crossing sign has different design alternatives. Available options are portable and fixed base to meet the specific needs of the public situation. The portable base provides convenient transportability. Whereas, the fixed base should be easy to install on the street.

Replacement Sign Panels and Parts

Over time, pedestrian crossing signs can wear or become damaged. These signs should have interchangeable parts to replace damaged or worn parts. If the wording becomes worn, it should be no problem to just purchase replacement panels. The same should be true of a damaged fixed base. You should be able to simply release the sign and insert it into a new fixed base.

Pedestrian’s must be protected when coming into close proximity of vehicular traffic patterns. And, the motorist must be protected from inconsequential damage to their vehicle from poorly designed pedestrian signage.

If you need to identify safe pedestrian crossings, whether in a construction zone or a permanent traffic pattern, save money on replacement costs with the Traffic Safety Direct quick pedestrian crossing signs. We provide fixed and portable in-street pedestrian crossing signs, bases, replacement panels, and hardware that meet MUTCD requirements and are NCHRP350 approved.

Requirements on a Small Business Regarding Public Accommodations for Disabled Persons

A Small Business must understand the Federal and the State requirements regarding the accommodation of persons with disabilities.

The American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and later amended in 2008, is broad reaching. The act prohibits unjustified discrimination based on disability, similar to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibiting discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics.

reserved_parking_handicap_nys_r7-8nyHowever, the ADA goes beyond prohibiting discrimination and includes reasonable accommodations and accessibility for employees, and the public, with disabilities.

Under the ADA’s “Public Accommodations” provision, the business  is required to develop and make available physical space to make sure that people with physical and sensory disabilities have the same access to its facilities and services as people without disabilities.

The US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, provides an ADA Update: A Primer For Small Business which

…clarifies issues that have arisen over the past 20 years, and contains new requirements, including the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards). This document provides guidance to assist small business owners in understanding how this new regulation applies to them.

In addition to the Federal Law, there may also be requirements placed on a Small Business from the State. For example, the New York State Office of the Attorney General states:

The New York State Human Rights Law and local laws, such as the New York City Human Rights Law, likewise prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities in the provision of public accommodations.

The law requires commercial parking lots and pedestrian paths be accessible to everyone. That includes providing the disabled with parking spaces that offer ample access for special needs persons, vehicles, and other mobility aids such as wheelchairs and power chairs. It is important that these spaces be reserved for those who truly need them, so they must be clearly marked.

Traffic Safety Direct handicap parking signs help your business maintain ADA compliance and easily alert drivers where they may and may not park. While most states use the federal handicap parking sign, other states, such as New York and New Jersey, require unique state compliant parking and/or penalty signs.

As a Small Business. it is critical to understand the State requirements, in addition to the Federal requirements, regarding accommodations for persons with disabilities. Contact the Attorney General Office of your State to understand your obligations regarding serving persons with disabilities.

At Traffic Safety Direct, we offer a variety of handicapped signs, such as Federal R7-8, Federal R7-8VA, New Jersey R7-8P and R7-8NY, for parking lots.


Reflective Materials on Aluminum Signs is a Customer Requirement

At Traffic Safety Direct, we understand the requirement of reflective sheeting and their ideal usage. The equipment used by traffic control must be a material that is easily seen by motorists in all weather conditions and all times of the day or night.

At Traffic Safety Direct, we offer a variety of reflective materials on our aluminum signs to meet the needs of our customers.

  • Engineer Grade (lowest reflectivity)

    • Best for signs in parking areas and local streets
    • Exceeds specification ASTM D 4956-04 Type I.\
  • High Intensity Prismatic (moderate reflectivity)

    • Best for traffic control in work zones and streets
    • Exceeds specification ASTM D 4956-04, Type III and Type IV
  • Diamond Grade Reflective (highest reflectivity)
    • Best for traffic control in work zones and streets.  The highest reflectivity that we sell
    • Proposed ASTM Type XI.

Refer to the reference chart outlining the various types of reflective sheeting and their usage.

Please feel free to contact us at Traffic Safety Direct if you need further information. We provide signs, safety products, snowplows and so much more!