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.
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
The high number of
collisions that occur in the dark advocate for prioritization of lighting
countermeasures to increase crossing visibility and pedestrian
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
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
Dynamic LED signals can be installed in crosswalks, making the signs considerably
easier to view, especially 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.
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 signs. Road 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 crosswalk. When 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.
the IL-LWCL at crosswalks. Activation 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
illumination to the white lines
White cross lines are effective during the daylight, but
are difficult to see at nighttime.
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
5. Install a
crosswalk overhead sign
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 pavement, enabling
drivers to see pedestrians even before they begin to cross the road.
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 available, reducing the risks of accidents in
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 crosswalks, road diets, pedestrian
crossing islands, and curb extensions. You can use all of those
actions in articulation with the 5 suggested above.
nighttime crosswalk education
It is equally
important for pedestrians to be cautious at night while using crosswalks. Look
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