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Tips for Pedestrian Safety Month
Tips for Pedestrian Safety Month

September is Pedestrian Safety Month, and despite advances in technology that offer improved protection, pedestrians continue to be vulnerable to accidental injury and death. Here are walking safety tips and other suggestions for keeping pedestrians safe. 

Pedestrian Crossing Safety Tips
Pedestrian Crossing Safety Tips

Thousands of pedestrians are killed in motor vehicle traffic accidents each year, and many thousands more are injured. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes in traffic crashes in 2017, which is more than 16 people a day.

Pedestrian safety is a top priority in cities, towns and communities across the country. From posting signs with flashing lights at crosswalks to installing speed bumps to reduce vehicle speeds in areas frequented by pedestrians and cyclists, the focus is on increasing visibility at street crossings and alerting motorists to slow down.

The Importance of Using MUTCD Compliant Detour Signs
The Importance of Using MUTCD Compliant Detour Signs

Alerting motorists and pedestrians of roadwork, traffic detours or other potentially hazardous conditions is critical to maintaining driver and pedestrian safety on highways and local roads. Easy-to-read signs indicating detours and roadwork in progress are a vital tool for preventing accidents and injury, as well as ensuring the safety of the crews working in these potentially dangerous environments.

U Channel Sign Post Installation Tips
U Channel Sign Post Installation Tips

Winter weather can take a toll on road signs and sign posts, which often sustain damage from snowplowing operations and vehicle accidents resulting from slippery conditions or poor visibility. Traffic signs are critical because they communicate the rules, warnings, guidance and other highway agency information that drivers need to safely and efficiently navigate roads and streets. Well maintained signs help drivers make good decisions, so it is a traffic safety imperative to repair, reinstall or replace signs and sign posts that are damaged or missing.

Steel U Channel Sign Posts Are Durable, Versatile and Easy to Install
Steel U Channel Sign Posts Are Durable, Versatile and Easy to Install

Sign posts and supports play a critical role in maintaining driver and pedestrian safety. Even the best signage does little good if it is not visible, which means it must be properly supported and maintained. This is especially important during the winter months, when snow storms, plows and traffic accidents can result in an increased number of downed or damaged signs.

Wood and steel are the two primary materials used for small sign supports. When it comes to installing or replacing road signs, U-channel steel sign posts are undoubtedly the premium choice for sign supports.

Traffic Cones are a Multi-Purpose Safety Tool
Traffic Cones are a Multi-Purpose Safety Tool

Traffic cones are easily recognized as a common safety device worldwide. These brightly colored cones can be found almost anywhere, from construction zones and busy streets to shopping mall parking lots and athletic fields. They can even be seen indoors, along stairways and corridors where extra caution is called for.

Highly visible, durable, and portable, traffic and safety cones provide an immediate warning of potential danger. While cones are most commonly used as a traffic control device, they have become a multi-purpose safety tool that is useful in countless situations.

Types of Traffic Cones and When to Use Them
Types of Traffic Cones and When to Use Them

Orange traffic cones are a familiar sight on highways and city streets across the country. While it’s impossible to know the exact number, by some estimates there are roughly 140 million traffic cones in use worldwide.

They divide lanes in construction zones, provide direction around short-duration road maintenance and utility work, and warn drivers of unseen hazards such as potholes and raised manhole covers. They are also seen in parking lots, on athletic fields, and even indoors in areas where extra caution is needed.

Traffic cones are designed to be highly visible and easily movable. They come in various sizes and many different colors, with orange, yellow, and red being the most popular choices due to their brightness. Some versions can be topped with signs or connected with bars or chains.

Innovations in Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety
Innovations in Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety

Thousands of pedestrians are killed in motor vehicle traffic accidents each year, and many thousands more are injured. Pedestrian safety remains a top priority, and cities and towns across the country and around the globe continue to investigate more effective ways to improve crosswalk safety.

Uniformity of Traffic Control Devices is Critical for Highway Safety
Uniformity of Traffic Control Devices is Critical for Highway Safety

Easy-to-read road signs, highly visible pedestrian crosswalks, and well-marked bike lanes are visible proof of the value of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Known simply as the MUTCDthis manual has served as the definitive guide for creating safer, more efficient travel on our country’s highways and byways for over 80 years.