Alternatives for Pedestrian Crosswalk signs

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.

Available 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.

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