Cities, townships and villages of all sizes face similar issues on their streets- motorists don’t always obey speed laws, putting themselves and pedestrians at risk. In fact, more than 70% of vehicle accidents happen not on highways, but in urban areas where people live. Cars drive at unsafe speeds and use local roadways to cut through to main roads. Streets must be shared by pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. What can a city do to make its streets safer and more livable?
Slowing cars down saves lives. The probability of a pedestrian being fatally injured when hit by a vehicle is only 3.5% at 15 mph. At 31 mph, the probability goes up to 37% while at 44 mph there is an 83% chance that the pedestrian will be killed. The chart at right shows the impact of vehicle speed on pedestrian injury. The risk to pedestrians and cyclists increases as vehicle speed does.
Traffic Logix offers a variety of traffic calming products and solutions all designed to slow cars down and help you return safety to your streets.
The compact SafePace 100 and full size SafePace 400 “Your Speed” Signs remind drivers of their speeds while the SafePace 600 dynamic radar sign can display different messages based on driver behavior. The radar speed sign trailer allows you to move your signs from location to location. All of the SafePace signs include an optional data collection feature that allows you to collect data about driver behavior and create valuable charts and reports for analysis.
The SafePace signs are:
Physical traffic calming products such as the speed humps, speed tables, and emergency vehicle friendly speed cushions are also an effective way to slow traffic down. SuperFlex curbing can be used to create a variety of traffic calming configurations while the CycleLane curbing can protect bicyclists on your roads.
It can sometimes be challenging to decide which roadways need traffic calming the most, particularly when residents from a variety of streets all request that their street be given priority. The Developing a Traffic Calming Program article can help you learn more about creating a point system and deciding where your traffic calming solutions are needed most.