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Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety: Reduced Speed Compliance

The greater the speed of the road, the more dangerous it is for a pedestrian.  According to the Embarcadero Road Traffic Calming Project Preliminary Report, the risk of a pedestrian fatality is greatly decreased on roads with slower traffic.  The study shows that pedestrians struck by a vehicle on roads with speed limits of at least 40 miles per hour, had an 83 percent chance of fatality.  Comparatively, on roads with 20 mile per hour speed limits, their chances of fatality were only 5 percent.  Due to these staggering statistics, many cities have opted to reduce speed limits in areas with high foot traffic.  Unfortunately, these reduced speed limits can’t improve safety of roadways for pedestrians unless drivers choose to abide by them.  Reduced speed compliance is key in ensuring pedestrian crosswalk safety.

There are several ways reduced speed compliance can be encouraged, including:

Bright and reflective road signage.  Proper signage is integral to ensuring pedestrian crosswalk safety.  Signs should not only indicate the reduced speed limit, but they should also point out any crosswalks and paths where pedestrians commonly walk.  Additionally, they should be fluorescent colored and reflective in order to be seen at night.

Beacons and signals.  Flashing lights and other types of electronic signals can be highly effective in enforcing reduced speed limits.  These can be posted on the sides of the road, at intersections or overhead, indicating a reduced speed and pedestrian crossing.  Beacons and signals are especially beneficial in the dark.

Crossing guards and traffic directors.  Great for school zones and other busy areas, the presence of a crossing guard can help alert drivers to reduced speed limits and encourage them to yield or stop for nearby pedestrians.

Want to learn more about pedestrian crosswalk safety and encouraging reduced speed compliance in your area? Contact Impact Recovery Solutions today.