The 5 Best Actions to Improve Pedestrian Safety at Crosswalks at Night

Pedestrians at crosswalks are especially vulnerable at night

Anyone on the road at night is at risk, but pedestrians at crosswalks are especially vulnerable. Pedestrian deaths are three times more likely at night.

The fundamental issue is that most drivers underestimate how bad their night vision becomes. When you combine drunk and tired driving, you have a formula for tragedy, posing a greater risk to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians.

The high number of collisions that occur in the dark advocate for prioritization of lighting countermeasures to increase crossing visibility and pedestrian safety.

If you are responsible for traffic planning in a country, city, or village, you probably have installed static signs, street lighting even painted crosswalks just to find out that those are insufficient since drivers often fail to see or follow them.

Today we want to share with you 5 actions that you can take to significantly improve pedestrian safety at crosswalks at night.


1. Change from static vertical signs to dynamic vertical LED signs

Drivers are unable to comply with a sign that they are unable to notice. People respond much better to warning signs that represent greater activityDynamic vertical LED signs are optimized to capture the attention of drivers, causing them to make better decisions while driving.

Dynamic LED signals can be installed in crosswalks, making the signs considerably easier to viewespecially at night and in poor weather situations such as fog and heavy rain. A higher understanding of motion contributes to faster viewer behavior.

SERNIS dynamic vertical signs are visible to more than 2 Km due to high luminous flux LEDs. These signs may be configured to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at scheduled times or only when a pedestrian is approaching, due to innovative low-power thermal detector technology that may be placed on the sign.

Its operation mode can be fixed or flashing. It can be powered by solar or electric power. This is useful for any sort of sign, but especially for those put in high-traffic locations.


2. Install Road Studs at crosswalks

At night, drivers are not always able to see where the crosswalk is. In crosswalks without sufficient road lighting, road studs can offer drivers efficient visual warning signsRoad studs are low-maintenance LED lighting devices that delineate road areas. It can be powered by solar or electric power. Road studs are embedded in the road surface and may provide drivers with a broader reaction window than standard cat's eyes and elevated pavement markers.

You can install road studs on crosswalks and connect them to traffic lights and thermal cameras to create a smart crosswalkWhen a pedestrian walks over, the road stud flashes swiftly to alert drivers that a pedestrian is crossing. When there aren’t pedestrians at the crosswalk, the road studs revert to their previous static lighting.

These road studs can also be used at crosswalks without a traffic lightIt can have scheduled times, like nighttime and operation modes, like flashing, programmed (learn more about controllers here).

3. Install a LED crosswalk intelligent luminaire

Adding a LED crosswalk intelligent luminaire is a simple resolution to poor vision at night at crosswalks.

Consider adding the IL-LWCL at crosswalksActivation can occur at scheduled times or only when a pedestrian is approaching, due to innovative low-power thermal detector technology that may be placed on the luminaire. This saves electricity and keeps the lights from becoming "white noise" to drivers.

LED Crosswalk Lights are especially useful for improving pedestrian visibility at crosswalks at night in high-traffic locations.

LED Intelligent Luminaire Crosswalk

4. Add illumination to the white lines

White cross lines are effective during the daylight, but are difficult to see at nighttime.

You can install SR-CROSSLED-S in all the tops of the white cross lines to create a homogeneous illumination of the crosswalk at night.

The large lighted area has great visual impact, making it almost impossible for oncoming drivers to overlook them. SR-CROSSLED-S has a low profile (flat on the surface), ensuring that it will not disturb circulation.


5. Install a crosswalk overhead sign

Streetlights shine down on narrow areas of road, often missing the middle, where pedestrians are most vulnerable.

Install an internally illuminated crosswalk overhead sign like the SRL-U2H7 to improve the visibility of pedestrians that are crossing. This sign has cold white LEDs that project laterally towards the pavementenabling drivers to see pedestrians even before they begin to cross the road.


Thermal Intelligent Crossing System

You can also improve the crosswalk safety at night by installing the Thermal Intelligent Crossing System (SR-TICS), a thermal technology-based system that detects pedestrians at crosswalks by real-time image processing, managing automatically the activation of a set of warnings through vertical signs and road studs to alert drivers in a safe and effective way. The SR-TICS have a thermal camera that doesn’t see sun glare responding only to the heat signature, detecting and giving you 24-hour detection of pedestrians and vehicles regardless of the amount of light availablereducing the risks of accidents in crosswalks.


Crosswalk remodel

If none of these options are enough for a problematic location in your community, you may need to completely remodel the area. Consider alternatives such as elevated crosswalksroad dietspedestrian crossing islands, and curb extensions. You can use all of those actions in articulation with the 5 suggested above.


Pedestrians’ nighttime crosswalk education

It is equally important for pedestrians to be cautious at night while using crosswalksLook both ways before crossing the street and assume that any incoming car will not see you until they come to a complete stop. At the end of the day, however, it is the responsibility of the driver to avoid a collision. Pedestrian fatalities are usually the consequence of reckless driving.