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Rules for Using Pedestrian Signs

Pedestrian signs are a vital part of our national transportation system.  They are designed to convey important information in a high visibility format.  This post will summarize the major types of signage found on American roads and discuss guidelines for their use.

Categories of Pedestrian Signs

  • School crossing signs are common sites around all kinds of educational institutions.  They remind drivers to use extra care when traveling through these areas.  They may also include flashing lights and other visibility aids during the early morning and afternoon when classes are beginning or letting out.
  • In-street pedestrian signs remind motorists that a crosswalk is present.  They’re particularly useful at locations without other safety measures such as a stoplight in place.
  • Hiker/biker signs are appropriate for areas where camping, backpacking, or bicycling are popular activities.
  • General-purpose pedestrian signs are used wherever conditions may warrant their presence.  They are easily adapted to a variety of environments.

Rules for Placement of Pedestrian Signs

  • Safety departments should only install signs in locations where significant pedestrian activity justifies their presence, such as in areas around shopping malls, transit stations, and business districts.
  • The local speed limit should be a minimum of 35 mph.
  • The roadway should have a minimum clear width of 24 feet.
  • Signs should be removable in case work crews need to perform maintenance in the area.

Rules for Using In-Street Lighted Pedestrian Signs

  • Average daily traffic should be between 5,000 to 30,000 vehicles.
  • Roadways should not be scheduled for resurfacing within two years of sign installation.
  • Alternative safety measures are either inappropriate or have proven unsuccessful in the local environment.
  • Lighting elements should face oncoming vehicles, not pedestrians.
  • Automated lighting systems are more effective than pedestrian-actuated models.
  • Crews should check lighted pedestrian signs regularly to ensure proper operation.

Pedestrian signs safeguard the public when used according to the above guidelines.  Contact Impact Recovery today if you’re in the market for these important products.