Pedestrian Safety Requires Different Solutions in Different Situations

Maintaining pedestrian safety is a challenge in many different situations There is pedestrian safety in neighborhoods, disaster response, construction sites and public venues to name just a few. Understanding that different situations present unique challenges is important.

Pedestrian Safety in Neighborhoods

pedestrian crosswalkPedestrian safety is becoming a larger issue in our communities. People are walking more. They are moving to urban neighborhoods and adding steps to improve their health. And of course, children will always be playing near the street.

There is much that we can do to improve the safety of our communities. We do not need to rely only on the police for enforcement. Our community can organize to play an important role in managing traffic safety.

Pedestrian Safety during Disaster Response and Recovery

cone with chain connectorResidents that evacuated want to return to see what damage has occurred to their personal property. This is understandable. However, debris is strewn everywhere. Accidents are likely to occur in this scenario

Disaster Recovery crews are working hard to ensure residents are not trapped or lying injured in their homes. Cleanup crews are trying to act quickly so emergency vehicles can move freely through the streets. Residents are tired and emotional, but, feel compelled to check on their homes. This is a very dangerous time.

Pedestrian Safety During Road Construction

During the construction process, traffic patterns will be disrupted. This is due to a combination of temporary routes and detours. Traffic safety products are required to meet the requirements identified in Traffic Control Plans.

Pedestrian Safety in small public venues

plastic crowd control postCrowd Control can be challenging for even the smallest of venues, such as signup for Little League Baseball or a voting booth. However, the simple act of creating an easy to identify lane for people to follow can address this challenge.

Since people will instinctively arrange their movement using the site of a simple obstacle. small crowds can be managed with lightweight devices. A line can be easily created, providing a visual path for the small crowd to follow. The result is order rather than chaos.

Traffic Safety

At Traffic Safety Direct, we provide traffic safety products to keep workers, volunteers and citizens safe in varying situations. Contact us at Traffic Safety Direct and let us know how we may be able to assist you.

Assistance for Crowd Control in Public Venues

Crowd Control can be challenging for even the smallest of venues, such as signup for Little League Baseball or a voting booth. However, the simple act of creating an easy to identify lane for people to follow can address this challenge.

As stated in the post “The Science of Crowd Movement, Mentality, and Control

For instance, particles move in lanes unless they encounter some sort of obstacle. Humans are the same. Even on a busy street, we see people walking in lanes – those walking east, those walking west, etc. If there is an obstacle in the street, such as someone stopped to tie their shoes, the flow of the lane is interrupted and a number of other obstructions may occur as a result.

Since people will instinctively arrange their movement using the site of a simple obstacle. small crowds can be managed with lightweight devices. A line can be easily created, providing a visual path for the small crowd to follow. The result is order rather than chaos.

Plastic Portable Post

plastic crowd control postA plastic portable post is an economical alternative to steel or concrete posts. This is perfect for use outside, either “as is”, or with the base ballasted with sand or gravel. There is an optional sign holder for customized messages. This is available in white or black. The height is 39″ with a plastic chain available in white, black or yellow.

Plastic Chain Cone Kits

cone with chain connector

 

Alternatively there are plastic cone kits. This comes with a cone chain connector that has four ends. This configuration provides flexibility for the direction that the lane is to take.

 

When small crowds gather in a small space, chaos can occur. With a little forethought and preparation, much can be done to ensure that order is maintained during the event. If you would like to learn more about controlling crowds, please contact us at Traffic Safety Direct.

 

Delineating Posts for Pedestrian and Driver Safety

The National Council of State Legislatures stated that there is an increase in the amount of Americans walking for transportation and recreation. With the increase of pedestrians walking  rather than driving to their destination, all actions must be taken to increase public safety. Attention to pedestrian safety is growing in importance.

The pedestrian must be protected when coming into close proximity of vehicular traffic patterns. One alternative is the In-street pedestrian crossing signs. Previously on this Blog, we discussed the value pedestrian crosswalk signs have for safety in road construction zones and, also, in permanent pedestrian crosswalks. Pedestrians can readily see the safe access within the traffic pattern. And, the motorist is made aware of the marked pedestrian crossing.

Delineator Posts

Delineator Posts are another alternative to protect both the pedestrian and the driver of the vehicle. These posts can be used to protect pedestrians and workers in construction or hazardous areas.

Delineator posts can also be used to clearly identify auto traffic patterns on high-speed roads in permanent locations.

There are several choices of plastic posts with bases for, both, temporary situations and permanent locations.

diamond_top_close_upDiamond Style Top Post Reflective

These posts are bright orange with two 3″ bands of reflective tape for improved daytime and nighttime visibility. They are designed for quick set-up in a limited-space area. These posts can withstand impacts and do not knock down or blow down easily

white_dome_delineator_topWhite Dome Top Delineator Post

These bright white posts have very similar benefits to the Diamond Style Post described above. These white dome posts are perfect for Valet Parking or other areas where a more sophisticated look is needed.

Tuff Post high performance channelizer

Tuff Post is a high performance channelizer designed to meet the harsh demands of high speed, high traffic areas. Tuff Post has been tested to sustain 50 impacts at 50 MPH with little damage to the unit and to the impacting vehicle, while remaining upright with no vertical listing.

Tuff Post is ideal for exit lane delineation, head-to-head traffic separation, urban turn restrictions, edge line delineation, or anywhere that durable, flexible, high performance channelization is required. Tuff Post’s patented reactive spring system ensures the post will return to its original position impact after impact, reducing replacement costs.

Flexi-Guide FG336UR Post Reflective

The Flexi-Guide FG336UR was developed for demanding high-speed, 2-way, 2-lane detour operations and has become the industry standard for toughness, impact resistance and long-lasting performance. It conforms to MUTCD and NCHRP 350 standards and features the unique clover-leaf design that allows tubular post to rebound time after time.

The Delineating Post is excellent for pedestrian safety, while also providing a great visual for the driver of a vehicle – keeping everyone safe in concentrated traffic zones.

If you are interested in learning more about the alternatives for delineating traffic posts, whether in a construction zone or a permanent traffic pattern, contact Traffic Safety Direct

Alternatives for Pedestrian Crosswalk signs

Pedestrian crosswalk signs are critical for safety in road construction zones and permanent pedestrian crosswalks.

As stated by the NCSL on Pedestrian Crossing;

In 2012, pedestrian deaths rose to their highest level since 2006, increasing by 6.4 percent from 2011 to a total of 4,743 pedestrian fatalities. Injuries rose by 10 percent during the same time period. Furthermore, pedestrian deaths now make up 14 percent of the total traffic deaths in the U.S., up from 11 percent in 2011. This is partly the result of decreasing motorist deaths and increasing amounts of Americans walking for transportation and recreation.

With the increase of pedestrians walking  rather than driving to their destination, all actions must be taken to increase public safety.

While the pedestrian’s must be protected when coming into close proximity of vehicular traffic patterns, the motorist must also be protected from accidentally harming a pedestrian.

In-street pedestrian crossing signs are an excellent alternative to increase pedestrian and motorist safety, and is often required by State law. The pedestrian can readily see the restricted safe access within the traffic pattern. And, the motorist is made aware of the marked pedestrian crossing.

Pedestrian crosswalk signsAvailable options for pedestrian signs are portable and fixed base.

The portable base provides convenient transportability for construction sites. Pedestrians can be injured in public crosswalks and temporary crosswalk situations during road construction. This is especially true if the recommended safety zone is not clearly marked or visible.

Whereas, the fixed base is used in permanent crosswalk patterns.

While the pedestrian crossing signs are designed to protect the individual walking, the sign 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. Pedestrian Crossing Sign System must be designed to withstand impact. The signs should be

NCHRP350 approved

MUTCD compliant

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

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.