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

 

 

 

What if Autonomous Cars are determined to be safer than manually driven vehicles?

Much is being written today about autonomous cars, also referred to as self driving cars. But, what happens when the technology is so advanced that the autonomous cars on our neighborhood roads are safer than cars driven by a human?

Some say that this determination will force mass adoption of the technology. If the autonomous car is safer than a manually driven car, then the autonomous method of transportation will need to be adopted as the universally accepted method of transportation for purpose of protecting human life.

The self driving car technology is advancing with the momentum coming from current car manufactures, such as Toyota, led by their Toyota Research Institute (TRI), and other companies such as Google and Apple.

With these strong companies advancing the technology of autonomous cars, it may not be long that a scenario such as the following may exist.

A person wants to attend a work conference 40 miles from their home. On the way to the conference, the person wants to stop and get a cup of coffee at a cafe near the home. The person uses a smart phone to request the autonomous vehicle to arrive at the home at a specific time for pickup. The person enters the two destinations directly into the smart phone app. After the autonomous car drops off the person at the final destination, the car returns to a main station for recharging or waits to be called by another person.

If the route the autonomous vehicle takes is for only autonomous vehicles, commonly seen safety devices, such as stop lights, may be replaced with trees and bushes, as they will no longer be needed. The vehicles will actually communicate with each other to determine who has the right of way at intersections. Traffic safety will be greatly increased reducing personal injury and property damage resulting from traffic accidents.

Pedestrian traffic will still be an issue. People will be walking and riding their bicycles. The autonomous car will always follow the rules and not have the risk of being distracted, as humans are. Therefore, pedestrians may increase their acceptance of risk by challenging the vehicle. The autonomous car will always slow down and stop for the pedestrian. This may cause bottlenecks in areas that have a high level of pedestrian traffic close to vehicular traffic, such as urban areas.

… autonomous vehicle adoption may be hampered by their strategic disadvantage that slows them down in urban traffic., Millard-Ball states

Great advances in the technology of autonomous cars is bringing this reality closer to us. Even with this advancement, traffic safety will still require attention by businesses, governments and individuals. The ultimate goal is to protect human life, while simultaneously attempting to increase quality of life.

 

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.

A Curb Stop Can Reduce Risk During The Last Few Feet Of Your Commute

Navigating our car the last few feet, as we arrive at our destination, can be challenging. These last few moments can all too often end disastrously.

Some say this is because we lose focus on the details of our driving as we come to the end of our drive. We may subconsciously feel we have completed our commute. But, in reality, we are still moving as we enter the garage or parking space. The loss of mental focus together with the continuation of our vehicle’s movement are an unhelpful combination.

rubber-curb-stopsParking lot accidents are extremely common, as are accidents close to home. Automotive Fleet Magazine discusses the impact of this issue on Fleet Managers in their post Top 10 Things to Know About Parking Lot Collisions;

Dings and dents may not seem all that scary or stressful in the context of highway collisions and incidents. But, the fact is, collisions in parking lots are among the most common accidents fleets experience and can cost a company more time and money than fleet managers may realize

The result may be just dented fenders and minor damage to a building or a home garage. But, this can cost money and cause tremendous inconvenience. All of this can be avoided with some simple measures.

A curb stop or rubber parking stop can be an ideal solution for parking lots and garages, for both commercial or personal use.

A curb stop is different from a speed bump, which we have discussed in a previous post, Controlling Speed on Private Roads. A speed bump is designed to be placed in the middle of the road.  A car then needs to reduce its speed to comfortably go over a speed bump. The result is speed control in residential or commercial areas such as streets and parking lots.

A curb stop or rubber parking stop is different in that it effectively guides drivers as they enter a parking space. A curb stop can safely provide physical feedback to the driver to let them know when to stop the car and the boundaries of the parking spot.

Whether you run an outdoor commercial lot, manage a parking garage, or are a homeowner, this is an excellent solution to reduce those accidents that occur during the last few feet of a commute.

At Traffic Safety Direct, we offer a large selection of low-cost recycled rubber curb stops. More impact resistant than concrete or plastic curb stops, our rubber parking stops are an inexpensive and durable safety solution.

Prevent damage to your garage walls or demark a parking spot in the driveway with our Home Curb Stops

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