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.

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

How a Speed Hump compares to a Speed Bump

Controlling traffic speed in a private community or commercial parking lot is a challenge. A first step would be the installation of signage. Another action that can be taken is to install an impediment in the road to reduce the speed of vehicular traffic to an appropriate level.

Two impediment options commonly considered to maintain an appropriate traffic speed are to install a Speed Hump or a Speed Bump. The question then becomes, what is the difference between these two options.

When deciding on an approach, considerations should go beyond the regular vehicle traffic that occurs on a normal day. There should also be an awareness that emergency and city maintenance vehicles will need to use these roads or thoroughfares.

Speed Bump

Speed BumpA Speed Bump is a single impediment piece attached directly to the road. A Speed Bump will generally slow traffic to 5 miles per hour. Installation of a Speed Bump is a single piece attached directly to the road conforming to the contour of the road’s surface.

 

speed humpSpeed Hump

A Speed Hump is more gradual than a Speed Bump. There are three parts to a Speed Hump. There is the core and, additionally, male and female end caps. The end caps are installed on the front and back of the hump. This design causes the Speed Hump to have a more smooth transition.

The speed of vehicles is reduced to 15 or 20 miles per hour. Emergency vehicles, such as an ambulance, police car or fire truck, are not as drastically impaired from a Speed Hump as from a Speed Bump.

As we stated in our post Installation and Use of a Rubber Speed Hump

This can be a crucial requirement on private community roads and commercial parking lots to reduce risk of traffic accidents.

Signage

traffic_safety_signs_reflectivityIn addition to the use of a Speed Hump or a Speed Bump, another effective tool is the addition of signage. Signs further protect the walking or cycling public. Signs are an effective visual for walking traffic, cyclists and motorists.

If you require traffic signs, speed humps or speed bumps, contact us at Traffic Safety Direct. We can assist you in your selection or develop a custom solution to meet your specific needs.

Installation and Use of a Rubber Speed Hump

Rubber speed humps safely slow vehicle speed while maintaining traffic flow. This can be a crucial requirement on private community roads and commercial parking lots to reduce risk of traffic accidents.

Commercial Parking Lots

For any business responsible for a commercial parking lot, it is critical to understand State and Federal requirements. In our previous post Requirements on a Small Business Regarding Public Accommodations for Disabled Persons we discussed the American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and how  it includes reasonable accommodations and accessibility for employees, and the public, with disabilities.

In addition, reducing risk to pedestrians and vehicles in a commercial parking lot must also be high priority. The business should do its due-diligence to maintain public safety.  Installing speed humps can greatly assist the reduction of traffic accident risk.

Private Roads in Gated Communities

A road may be owned and maintained by the Home Owners’ Association (HOA) within a gated community. Great responsibility comes along with owning a road. Along with maintenance and snow removal, it is also 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. A speed hump that is designed to reduce speed without being harmful to the moving vehicle is an excellent solution.

Rubber Speed Hump

A rubber speed hump is a modular device that safely slows vehicle speed while maintaining smooth traffic flow. Speed Humps provide a gradual hump, while still effectively reducing speed to 15 or 20 miles per hour.

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

Below is an excellent video showing the ease of installing a Rubber Speed Hump: