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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.

Portable Sign Bases Let You Place Signage Where You Need It, When You Need It
Portable Sign Bases Let You Place Signage Where You Need It, When You Need It

From bridge repair and hazardous road conditions to seasonal events, there are countless projects and occasions that require the use of temporary or semi-permanent signage. Whether the situation calls for hourly, daily or longer-term use, portable traffic sign bases and poles can provide the visibility, control and security needed to keep workers, pedestrians and motorists informed and safe.

Solar-Powered Traffic Signs Improve Safety and Save Energy
Solar-Powered Traffic Signs Improve Safety and Save Energy

The trend towards being more environmentally friendly in terms of the products and services we use can be seen in the way towns, cities and local governments are using renewable energy to improve safety on our roads and highways. Solar energy is becoming a popular option to power everything from traffic lights to stop signs, providing better overall visibility and saving money – and the planet – in the process.  

The obvious advantage of using solar powered traffic signs is they do not use fossil fuel energy. Solar is less polluting than coal, oil or natural gas, making it a more environmentally friend source of energy. Solar powered signs wherever there is sunlight, and the power is harnessed and stored in each sign’s battery so it continues to work all year long.

Barricades Help Ensure Public Safety at Outdoor Events
Barricades Help Ensure Public Safety at Outdoor Events

Planning large-scale events can be quite a challenge. Organizers must manage an endless list of responsibilities and details to ensure that everything goes smoothly, from permitting, concessions and entertainment to recruiting volunteers, parking and attendee safety. The larger the event, the more important it is to ensure that crowd control measures are in place. The easier it is for pedestrians and vehicles to navigate in and out of the event, the less likely accidents are to occur.

Counties and municipalities are often responsible for ensuring public safety at the many parades, festivals and other activities that take place in their communities. When events impact driver and/or pedestrian traffic routes, maps should be created that clearly delineate street closures and detours, and local businesses and residents need to be notified of any street closures affecting them well in advance.

A wide variety of crowd control and traffic safety products are available to help ensure that events are safe and enjoyable for all involved. Traffic barricades can be used to define boundaries, restrict access to specific areas and make street closures obvious for visitors on foot and in vehicles, making them a vital part of any plan to keep event participants safe.

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.

Summer Savings on Traffic Safety Products
Summer Savings on Traffic Safety Products

Summer is in full swing, bringing with it longer days, plenty of outdoor activities and more people hitting the roads and trails. With more than half of all Americans planning to take time off and over a third of families making vacation a priority, traffic, bicycle and pedestrian safety is more important ever. Although spring is typically the time of year for road and sign maintenance and repairs, reducing risk requires an ongoing effort to ensure that signage, pavement markings, barriers and other traffic safety equipment is in place and up to date

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.

Campus Traffic Safety: Choosing the Right Products to Protect Pedestrians, Cyclists and Drivers
Campus Traffic Safety: Choosing the Right Products to Protect Pedestrians, Cyclists and Drivers

College campuses across the country come alive in the spring. The warm weather brings students and faculty outdoors, while end-of-the-school-year activities attract large numbers of families and visitors. With the resulting increase in walking and biking as well as vehicular traffic, the risks for campus roadway users are perhaps greater than at any other time of year. Since pedestrians and bicyclists are particularly vulnerable to traffic injuries, improving their safety is a high priority for facilities managers at colleges and universities both large and small.

College Campuses Pose Safety Risks for All Roadway Users
College Campuses Pose Safety Risks for All Roadway Users

College and university campuses are bustling environments filled with students, faculty and visitors on the move. Travel safety on campus is always a top concern for school administrators, and with the number of end-of-semester activities, athletic events and graduations taking place this time of year, it is especially important for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers to do their part to help reduce risks.

Why Traffic Sign Maintenance is a Must
Why Traffic Sign Maintenance is a Must

Traffic signs are a vital element of the massive transportation network that crisscrosses the country. Whether posted on highways or back roads, in suburban neighborhoods or city streets, these signs communicate rules, warnings, directions and other information that is essential for drivers and pedestrians.

Ensuring that these signs are well maintained is a major safety concern, and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issues detailed guidelines for the local maintenance of signs and sign supports. In the wake of damage caused by winter weather and snowplowing operations, maintenance crews will be making it a priority to repair and replace signs now that spring has arrived.