Which Products Can Assist in Pedestrian Safety

There is much that can be done to improve the safety of pedestrians. This is a worldwide issue. Speed contributes to around one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high income countries, and up to half in low and middle-income countries.

As a world-wide effort, the United Nations (UN) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) developed the UN Road Safety Collaboration. This collaboration set out in 2011 to achieve the goal of saving 5 million lives through Road Safety during the period of 2011 to 2020.

Improve Pedestrian Safety

There is much that we can do locally to improve pedestrian safety. We do not need to rely solely on police for enforcement. Our communities can play an important role in helping with this effort.

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center offers tips and educational resources that can be shared with the community. For instance in their post Safety Tips for Pedestrians, they offer specific details on:

  • Be Safe and Be Seen: Make yourself visible to drivers
  • Be Smart and Alert: Avoid dangerous behaviors
  • Be Careful at Crossings: Look before you step

Speed BumpPrivate communities can consider alternatives, such as speed bumps, pedestrian signs and citizen education to deter drivers exceeding safe speed levels for areas with active pedestrians and cyclists.

Regulations differ, so the municipality and other governing bodies of the community must be contacted by the Home Owners’ Association to ensure compliance is adhered.

Pedestrian Crossing Signs for both Pedestrian and Motorist Safety

pedestrian crosswalkPedestrians and motorists can be well protected by 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.

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
Custom Signs

There are times when standard pedestrian signs do not suffice. For instance, 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. Signs that are lightweight, weatherproof and reusable are great for outdoor events and locations.

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

Controlling Pedestrian Lines

crowd controlCrowd 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. A 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.

Products to Assist Pedestrian Safety

If you need assistance in your community or city in improving pedestrian safety, contact us at Traffic Safety Direct. We love to share our experience and assist you in your efforts.

Innovative Approaches to Ensure Traffic Safety

The approach often taken to improve traffic Safety has been to increase awareness of the reasons for traffic accidents and related fatalities. This approach is then enhanced by following up with personal education on traffic safety.

But there is another approach that is being adopted. This approach is to look at the way traffic moves within our road systems of the United States. This approach does not focus solely on the individual, but, on the dynamic of our traffic flow.

Standard Approach for Traffic Safety

The standard approach for traffic safety looks at the human behavior.  The issues requiring special attention are identified, like;

  • distracted driving,
  • carelessness,
  • lack of sleep,
  • intoxication.

Traffic Cones

Alternative Approach to Traffic Safety

In the alternative approach, the focus is on the way traffic moves through our transportation infrastructure. This view considers issues such as cyclists being on the same road as fast moving cars, excessive speed limits on roads that curve, etc.

At the head of this approach is Vision Zero. As it is stated in How does Vision Zero differ from the traditional approach to traffic safety?

But in the Vision Zero framework, the road safety problem isn’t the individual, but rather the flaws in the transportation system—flaws that mean, for example, that cars can move at excessive speeds on city streets and incompatible road users (for instance, bicyclists and drivers) have to share the road.

In redefining the problem, we’re required to develop solutions that will impact the true culprit: an unforgiving street network that doesn’t take into account that people make mistakes. The focus thus shifts from solutions focused on perfecting individual behavior to solutions focused on perfecting a transportation system that failed to protect people who made predictable errors.

Construction Sites

In addition to our regular traffic patterns in our road system, construction sites need to get special attention. We have previously stated in this blog that construction sites are a critical place to insure traffic safety directly. When a construction site is on or near a traffic pattern, the dynamic of the traffic is distorted from the original intent. Traffic speeds need to be reduced to  accommodate the unusual circumstances. Traffic Control Plans must be developed and agreed to by the effected municipalities. Many considerations must be made for optimum safety results.

Traffic Safety products are used to clearly mark the new, but temporary, traffic patterns created by construction sites. Attention must be made to all factors to ensure a harmonious interaction between all moving elements during the construction process.

Approaches for Traffic Safety

All approaches must be considered to ensure people may move about their communities safely, even during times of road improvements or construction. At Traffic Safety Direct, we are experienced in assisting the effort of safety. Contact us anytime. We love to share our experience and knowledge.

Pedestrian Safety is a World-Wide Concern

Pedestrian safety is a concern throughout the world. The United Nations (UN) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) developed the UN Road Safety Collaboration. This collaboration set out in 2011 to achieve the goal of saving 5 million lives through Road Safety during the period of 2011 to 2020, referred to as the Decade of Action.

Speed contributes to around one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high income countries, and up to half in low and middle-income countries. The Decade of Action seeks to prevent road traffic deaths and injuries which experts project will take the lives of 1.9 million people annually by 2020.

On May 11th of 2011, dozens of countries around the world kicked off the first global Decade of Action. The Global Plan for the Decade of Action outlines steps towards improving the safety of roads and vehicles, enhancing emergency services, and building up road safety management.

The UN Road Safety Collaboration announced that the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week would be held from May 8th to the 14th in 2017. The Week focused on speed and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries.

As stated in the “Save Lives, #SlowDown” web site, it states:

Evidence shows that the key solutions for managing speed are establishing and enforcing speed limit laws, building or modifying roads to include features to limit speed, installing technologies in vehicles, and raising awareness about the dangers of speeding as well as the actual speed limit on each road. To manage and reduce speeds we need safe vehicles, safe roads and safe people!

On a previous post in this Blog, we discussed “Actions That Can Be Taken To Improve Pedestrian Safety“. For instance, private communities and businesses can consider alternatives, such as speed bumps, signs and citizen education, as a deterrent to drivers exceeding safe speed levels for areas with active pedestrians and cyclists.

At Traffic Safety Direct, we offer speed bumps and other useful products to manage the speed on roads and within parking lots.  For further assistance and information on the topic of pedestrian safety, contact us at 888-260-3246

 

 

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.