How do cities respond to communities seeking safer crosswalks? Crosswalk lights. The City of Pawtucket Rhode Island installed two different systems of LED crosswalk lights – both effective technologies proven to improve pedestrian safety.
The solution was implemented after residents of Doyle manor expressed their safety concerns. Their street was converted from a one-way street to a two-way street.
Both inpavement lighting and RRFBs are proven effective as individual safety solutions. When used in combination, they create an even more effective crosswalk safety system that alerts drivers and helps bring attention to pedestrians crossing – both day and night.
Pawtucket city officials had this to say about the new crosswalk warning system:
“This crosswalk system, to our knowledge, may be the first such installation in a municipal right-of-way setting in Rhode Island other than those found at T.F. Green Airport,” stated Andrew Silvia, Chief of Project Development for the City of Pawtucket, after consulting with the project engineer, contractor, electrical subcontractor and DPW staff.
The administration and the City Council collaborated on the installation of the crosswalk after hearing from nearby residents at Doyle manor that use the crosswalk frequently. “The input received from residents was very helpful in implementing this state-of-the-art system,” said Silvia.”
Local reporter Kerri Corrado of NBC 10 News covered the new installation. The crosswalk system on Broadway Street is the only one of its kind in the state – aside from those at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island.
The inpavement crosswalk lights are especially effective for use at night –
“Within the crosswalk, you can see the inlaid LED lights – … there’s 3 on each side — that flash, as well,” Andrew Silvia, who is Pawtucket’s chief of Project Development, said. (It’s) a lot more visible or noticeable at night.”
The two-lane LED crosswalk warning light system is composed of:
CityScape Phoenix recently installed two of our TS40 Custom Flashing LED Edge Lit Signs marking the exits of its parking garage. The flashing signs read “CAUTION VEHICLE CROSSING” and are designed to warn pedestrians to watch for vehicles exiting the parking structure. These blind garage exits can be dangerous because exiting vehicles may not always see and yield to crossing pedestrians.
Safer Pedestrians at Boston Logan Airport One of America’s busiest airports just got safer. Boston’s Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts recently installed 14 of our LED crosswalk lighting systems at the airport.
Lighted Crosswalks Connect to Terminal Each of the 14 systems are installed at crosswalks connecting airport terminals to nearby parking areas. Pedestrians walking across the road are made more visible by the safety lighting. The flashing array of roadway lighting draws driver attention to people attempting to cross.
Custom Combination of System Components Each element of these safety systems has been custom selected to fit the needs of the site. Typical TS600 crosswalk warning light systems are augmented with flashing traffic signs. When activated, the crosswalk warning lights flash in conjunction with the LED traffic signs at each curb.
Our TS40 Wrong Way Warning Flashing LED Edge Lit Signs can help prevent wrong-way, head-on crashes. Our signs employ a set of synchronized high-intensity flashing LEDs that command the attention of errant drivers at exit ramps and other roadways with one-way traffic.
Fanshawe College in London, Ontario recently installed three of our TS40 Pedestrian Crossing Flashing LED Edge Lit Signs to mark a dangerous crosswalk. Because of a sharp bend in the road, the crosswalk was not visible to approaching drivers. Two of the TS40s were placed adjacent to the crosswalk, and the third was placed ahead of the bend in the road to provide an early warning to drivers of the upcoming crosswalk. The signs feature a built-in photocell that automatically activates the sign LEDs at night.
Safer Roads at Luxor Casino How can casinos keep patrons safe? How best to protect them as they venture onto the street? Luxor casino made safer roads by installing 28 of our LED traffic signs. They’re using flashing LED roadway traffic signs to increase driver awareness along the roadway and intersections near the casino.
LED Traffic Signs Create a Traffic Safety Zone The series of lighted traffic sign systems run virtually the entire length of West Reno Ave in Las Vegas, Nevada. This comprehensive installation includes two types of LED traffic signs – both pedestrian crossing signs and stop signs. Each is outfitted with flashing LED lights around the edges.
When used together, these LED traffic signs create a road safety zone. This is an extremely effective way to gain driver attention in all kinds of weather and lighting conditions. The signs work especially well at night – when more people frequent the casinos.
A Viable and Affordable Way to Improve Safety This is an extensive installation, not an expensive installation. Opting for a series of LED traffic signs is an affordable and effective way to address pedestrian safety concerns. Partly because of their affordability, LED traffic signs are becoming a more popular safety solution. For the price of a single signal you can address road safety concerns at multiple intersections.
Traffic Calming for Reduced Liability Sometimes casinos are seen as having deep pockets. Unfortunately, this can make them frequent targets for litigation. Beyond the main benefit of keeping people safe, these systems may help with reducing the likelihood of lawsuits that often follow an accident or injury. Why would the Luxor casino gamble on a lawsuit? They keep patrons safe along with lighted LED traffic signs proven to help.
Lighted Roadway Traffic Signs for a Safer Base The United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island, SC has selected our wireless traffic signs to improve roadway safety for recruits. There are more than 38 of our wireless edge-lit LED traffic sign at various locations around the base.
FHWA studies have proven that flashing LED traffic signs boost safety. Highly-visible in broad daylight and at night, these installations also increase driver awareness in a variety of weather conditions.
Protecting New Recruits USMC Recruit Depot, located on Parris Island, South Carolina, has been home to the Marines since Nov. 1, 1915. MCRD Parris Island currently trains half of all male recruits, and all female recruits in the United States.
We salute the USMC for prioritizing roadway and pedestrian safety at the Depot, using the very latest in flashing wireless LED traffic sign technology.
Responding to Concerned Citizens Fort Lauderdale, Florida officials recently installed one of our LED crosswalk lighting systems on Las Olas Blvd at SE 13th Street. The crosswalk is located where drivers leaving nearby shopping areas begin to speed up as they transition to a faster roadway.
The safety system was introduced in a response to a recent survey that found building “more walkable and bikeable streets” was one of the top requests made by citizens in the area. In Florida, from 2008 to 2011, 180 pedestrians were killed on Broward County roads – second only to Miami-Dade County.
Safer Streets in South Florida A recent Sun Sentinel article describes the elevated need for this kind of system in the South Florida region:
“The lights are a first, and more importantly, a must. The $50,000 crosswalk makes its first debut on a public road in South Florida next month, and the new technology couldn’t come at a better time.
Pedestrian safety is always an issue in South Florida, a region that typically leads the nation in the number of pedestrian fatalities and hit-and-runs. Fortunately, studies show motorists brake sooner and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians when they see flashing lights or an illuminated crosswalk.”
The innovative traffic safety device is proven to reduce roadway accidents leading pedestrian injuries and fatalities, making in South Florida’s streets safer.
The system uses ultra-bright LEDs that can be seen up to 1,500 feet away – even in sunny daytime conditions. Now, as Las Olas drivers leave the main shopping areas they’ll have increased awareness of pedestrians in the roadway, both day and night.