If the expansion and development of business in your town has caused an increase in traffic, and people now cut through your subdivision or the streets where you live and aren't always cautious of pedestrians, new crosswalks may be a great solution .There are a lot of benefits to the new types of crosswalk systems, and it won't have to disrupt the flow of traffic. Here are a few of the reasons why you want to consider using these types of systems in your area.
Only Use When Needed
Many of the crosswalks can be turned on pressing a button on, so the crosswalk will then blink its lights letting drivers know that someone is about to cross. This means the unit doesn't blink all day long, or cause traffic to stop when it isn't necessary. There are even efficient and solar options available so you don't have to worry about digging into ground to run power lines throughout the neighborhood, or to get to the nearest electrical pole.
Keep Pedestrians and Drivers Safe
The pedestrians are able to walk with the blinking lights drawing attention to their crossing, and drivers are brought to attention when they see the lights, instead of just a person walking, riding a bike or approaching the walkway. This keeps both the pedestrians safe, along with the keeping the drivers alert with their eyes on the road.
Installing the crosswalks isn't difficult. After the actually post is installed and cemented into the ground, you may want to paint on the asphalt or concrete where people cross the road, so that people will walk in a designated area and not try to jaywalk or take a different route to get across the street.
When you are ready to propose this idea to your homeowners association or city council, make sure that you get some statistics and data. You want to show them what the cost will be for the unit and the installation, and then show them how it can prevent accidents, injuries and even deaths after the unit has been installed.
Automatic crosswalks are a great way to help people walk around safely in high congestion areas, especially in areas where traffic is increasing and people aren't always watching or waiting as they need to be. Look at the different options and decide what is the best for the area where you live. Contact a company, like Lanelight, for more help.