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.

Actions That Can Be Taken To Improve Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian 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. This all increases the importance of managing the speed of vehicles.

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.

Education

Community organizations and Home Owners Associations can develop and offer education for our citizens. This would be from the perspective of the walking or cycling pedestrian, as well as, the driver of the automobile.

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

Home Owner’s Association

A road may be owned and maintained by the Home Owners’ Association. It will be the responsibility of the HOA to control the speed of the motorists.

Many communities that manage private roads prefer to keep the speed limit at 20 miles per hour or less. A vehicle traveling at a speed greater than 15 or 20 MPH can prove to be a hazard to the residents of the community.

As we have discussed in a previous post, private roads can post a speed limit by installing speed limit signs. Enforcing the speed limit can become quite challenging, however. Some Home owners’ Associations will attempt to charge the resident member a fine for their violation or a guest of the resident that violated the speed limit.

Another recourse the Home Owners’ Association has is to install speed bumps. A speed bump’s purpose is to reduce vehicle speeds by providing a low-level obstacle.

There are regulations regarding placement and installation of the speed bumps. These 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.

Private communities can consider alternatives, such as speed bumps 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 rubber speed bumps constructed from 100% recycled tires.  For more information, contact us at 888-260-3246

 

 

 

Controlling Speed on Private Roads

Many of us have been there. We lose our temper with a misbehaving motorist and yell out, “you don’t own the road, you know!”

Interestingly, he may actually own that road. If he is a member of a Home Owner’s association (HOA) and you are within that gated community or sub-division, that road may be owned and maintained by the Home Owners’ Association.

Great responsibility comes along with the right to own a road. Along with maintenance and snow removal, it is also the responsibility of the HOA to control the speed of the motorists. In residential communities, you will see home owners, children and pets close to the street, and even in the street, playing and talking. This can be a dangerous situation if speed is not controlled within the community.

Speed BumpMany communities that manage private roads prefer to keep the speed limit at 20 miles per hour or less. A vehicle traveling at a speed greater than 15 or 20 MPH can prove to be a hazard to the residents of the community.

Private Roads can post a speed limit by installing speed limit signs. Enforcing the speed limit can become quite challenging, however. Some Home owners’ Associations will attempt to charge the resident member a fine for their violation or a guest of the resident that violated the speed limit.

Another recourse the Home Owners’ Association has is to install speed bumps. A speed bump’s purpose is to reduce vehicle speeds by providing a low-level obstacle.

However, regulations and laws regarding speed bumps in your area should be researched. As stated in The Houselogic post Stop Drivers From Speeding in Your Neighborhood

Procedures vary by state or even community, but in general the next step is to contact the local director of traffic or transportation. If you live in a private community, reach out to your homeowners association first.

There are regulations regarding placement and installation of the speed bumps. These 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.

Private communities or commercial areas with parking lots can consider speed bumps as a deterrent to drivers exceeding safe speed levels for areas with active pedestrians and cyclists.

At Traffic Safety Direct, we offer rubber speed bumps constructed from 100% recycled tires. Our speed bumps are preformed to implement immediate installation. Our speed bump flexible design conforms to the contour of virtually any road surface. For more information, contact us at 888-260-3246