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LightGuard Systems® is pleased to announce that it has recently appointed SESCO Lighting as its new representative in the Southeast region for its traffic safety warning light system product line. SESCO Lighting will offer expert guidance on equipment selection and configuration, advising customers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee—as well as Cuba and the Caribbean Islands—on the best LightGuard Systems solution for their particular needs.
Customers in these regions can now discuss their requirements for Smart Crosswalk™ in-roadway warning lights, solar wireless RRFBs, passive pedestrian detection sensors, radar detection devices, and illuminated warning sign systems directly with a SESCO Lighting sales expert.
As the largest lighting manufacturers’ representative company in the nation with over 50 years of experience, the SESCO Lighting team brings a strong technical background, along with the knowledge and experience to ensure their recommended solution will suit the customer’s application.
Sher Paz, National Sales Manager at LightGuard Systems said, “We are delighted to be working with SESCO Lighting to ensure that our customers receive the best support in the Southeast region. They’re a terrific team who shares our enthusiasm in representing LightGuard’s pedestrian and traffic safety product line.”
SESCO Lighting’s knowledge of the market—along with their relationship focused approach—will be invaluable in supporting LightGuard Systems to provide our customers from both government agency and private sector markets with a service that is second to none.
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COVID-19 driven touchless crosswalk push button designed to activate pedestrian walk time via a hand-wave offers cities a way to reduce the spread of viruses
SANTA ROSA, Calif., July 7, 2020 — San Francisco North Bay Area crosswalk safety and traffic calming device tech leader LightGuard Systems® (LIGHTGUARD) is excited to announce the development of their latest product line to help cities, municipalities, and state health officials fight COVID-19 and the spread of most viruses capable of being contagious on public crosswalk push buttons for minutes or days.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things — to the extent that simply pushing a button has become a personal safety hazard. SmartSense™ helps cities who are trying to balance public safety with pandemic safety by providing pedestrians the ability to activate crosswalks without using their bare finger. This series of touchless, hands-free, hand-sensing devices will replace and/or upgrade existing PED-buttons, and allow the public the option to wave a hand in front of the hand sensing button — activating the crosswalk request at the controller, instead of pushing a button to cross.
With an initial launch of Q3 2020, SmartSense™ will be compatible with LIGHTGUARD’s complete line of lighted crosswalks and traffic safety equipment, including its Smart Crosswalk™ in-roadway warning lights, automatic (touchless) pedestrian detection bollard, solar wireless LED border-enhanced warning signs, and RRFB systems. SmartSense™ will operate at both controlled and uncontrolled intersections, and mid-block crosswalks where the company’s lighted crosswalks are commonly used.
The first SmartSense™ to be released is a supplemental push button sign kit with an embedded sensor that is compatible with LIGHTGUARD’s LGS-PBA manual push button mechanism, and most other manufacturer stations. The sign kit can be installed at new and existing manual push button stations, with the manual push button retaining its ability to send a call signal back to the controller to initiate a lighted crosswalk, PED countdown timer, or other output signal. The second SmartSense™ is a touchless crosswalk activation switch that completely replaces an existing manual push button (pictured).
Retrofittable into compatible push button stations
Government agencies have set guidelines for social distancing, isolation, cleaning and disinfecting public spaces and keeping track of how someone infected might have infected other people. We at LIGHTGUARD are taking precautionary measures even farther by developing a modification of or replacement for one of the most publicly used and accessed traffic controlled devices in the public traffic safety market; a device that is touched by pedestrians 24/7 — the PED-button!
About LightGuard Systems®:
For twenty-five years, LIGHTGUARD’s—pioneers in traffic safety and category creators of lighted crosswalk systems—has helped cities, municipalities, schools, traffic safety and transportation engineers build safer crossing environments for pedestrians, students, employees, the elderly and disabled. Customers choose LIGHTGUARD for its easy-to-install, robust, reliable and cutting-edge-technology systems, better pedestrian safety outcomes, and a safer, more effective public safety traffic calming method.
LIGHTGUARD’s solutions include:
Lighted safety systems for crosswalk and pedestrian crossings
Automatic (sensors, radar) and manual activation devices that trigger a lighted crosswalk warning/control system’s blinking lights, and/or crosswalk WALK signal timing
Robust system controllers, data collection, storage and management devices
Flashing LED pedestrian, stop, yield, school zone and custom signage
Flashing LED Sign and Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacon (RRFB) systems
Comments Off on LED Warning Signs in National City: A citywide pedestrian enhancement project
City of National City, California aimed to implement a citywide plan to make pedestrian, school crossing and pedestrian/bicycle signs more visible to motorists. Here, a succession of LED enhanced school crossing signs on 8thStreet warn motorists in real-time of pedestrians inside or waiting to cross at a crosswalk. To enhance the safety of school children and pedestrians at approximately 35 crossing locations inside city limits, the City of National City aimed to find a solution that would not only create safer crossing environments for the public, but also increase driver yielding by giving them ample time and sufficient warning to slow down at mid-block crossings where pedestrians are present. This project is on-going with systems installed starting in 2011.
Type: Citywide mid-block pedestrian, bike, and school zone safety crossing enhancement
Project Size: 70, 36” x 36” Flashing Solar LED Border-Enhanced Pedestrian, School Crossing & Ped/Bike Warning Signs; 70 push button stations with braille placards
An effective, budget-friendly, scalable traffic calming safety system that’s proven effective at alerting motorists up to 1,000 feet in advance of a crosswalk. Rush hour traffic, school children excitement, low visibility at night, and other visual roadway distractions created the need for highly visible, high-intensity, LED border-enhanced warning sign systems for use throughout the city. Additionally, solar power and push button mechanisms with braille were required for a Co2 carbon-neutral, and sight-impaired accessible, public safety solution.
48 Solar Flashing 36” x 36” LED Pedestrian Signs
Our W11-2 flashing LED border-enhanced warning signs were added to mid-block crossings where additional pedestrian visibility was desired. MUTCD compliant, only LightGuard Systems’ LED signs contain 8 light bars with 96 high-intensity flashing LEDs. Visible from 1,000 feet, LED signs help to increase motorist yielding. National City’s LED signs activate via pedestrian push buttons with braille placards, operate via solar power, and flash only when a pedestrian is present.
20 Solar Flashing 36” x 36” LED School Crossing Warning Signs
Our S1-1 flashing LED border-enhanced warning signs were added to mid-block crossings where motorists encountered multiple mid-block crossings within a 1-mile area. MUTCD compliant, only LightGuard Systems’ LED signs contain 8 light bars with 96 high-intensity flashing LEDs. Visible from 1,000 feet, LED signs help to increase motorist yielding. National City’s LED signs activate via pedestrian push buttons with braille placards, operate via solar power, and flash only when a pedestrian is present.
2 Solar Flashing 36” x 36” LED Ped/Bike Warning Signs
Our custom W11-15 flashing LED border-enhanced pedestrian/bicycle warning signs were added to crossings where public crossing warning sign visibility was desired. MUTCD compliant, only LightGuard Systems’ LED signs contain 8 light bars with 96 high-intensity flashing LEDs. Visible from 1,000 feet, LED signs help to increase motorist yielding. National City’s LED signs activate via pedestrian push buttons, operate via solar power, and flash only when a pedestrian is present.
70 Push Button Stations with Braille Placards
Our MUTCD & ADA compliant 2” push button contains 4 lights that flash when pushed—letting pedestrians know that the flashing LED crosswalk signs are activated. Sold in pairs, it has tamper-resistant hardware, large mushroom buttons and easily mounts to existing poles. National City selected optional braille placards for the visually impaired public. Push buttons can be used alone, or as an adjunct activation method to passive activation bollards.
By now, we’re sure you have received messages from many of your business partners and suppliers regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. This situation is unprecedented and we are pulling together as a society to find ways to mitigate risk and slow the spread of the disease. LightGuard Systems has put several measures in place to ensure the safety of our partners and employees while providing un-interrupted Legendary Customer Service to you, our customers.
To support social distancing, on Wed, March 18, 2020 we began transitioning to working remotely, with the exception of our warehouse, which will be operating in a reduced capacity to meet shipping obligations. Consequently, we will expect to fulfill all orders steadily, however there may be slight delays. Please be patient as there may be differences in our abilities to be as responsive as you have come to rightfully expect with our legendary Customer Service.
To further ensure the safety of our customers, we continue to employ best practices with concern to sanitization and hygiene by wiping down equipment prior to packing it, and treating exterior boxes and containers in the same manner.
Customers are reminded and encouraged to access sales via phone at (707) 542-4547 and via email at [email protected], or [email protected], submit payments on orders, and receive prompt technical product support.
Our Contact Us form is also a valuable asset to help you reach us for price quotations, product questions, and support.
As the market leader in traffic safety technology solutions, we want to assure you we are very well prepared to handle your orders and inquiries in our temporary new normal.
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Revolutionary seamless in-roadway light design simultaneously illuminates pedestrians and warns motorists for increased nighttime crosswalk traffic safety
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (March 11, 2020) — San Francisco North Bay Area crosswalk safety and traffic calming device tech leader LightGuard Systems® Inc., (LIGHTGUARD) announces that it has begun shipping V1 of its next-generation Smart Crosswalk™ in-roadway warning light (IRWL) fixture DuraFlash™ featuring high-intensity flashing amber LEDs in a seamless water-resistant, ruggedized polyurethane exterior housing. V2 of the same model will include a revolutionary non-flashing white Surface Mount Pedestrian Luminaire (SMPL™). DuraFlash Plus (V2) is scheduled to launch in Q3.
DAYTIME – Amber Warning Lights
The first-of-its-kind DuraFlash™ IRWL is sleeker, offers more safety lighting features than any other similar product of its kind while offering unsurpassed durability in harsh roadway environments. DuraFlash™ promises a higher level of pedestrian safety inside a crosswalk at urban neighborhoods, cities, airports, school zones, parking areas, campuses and private facilities using its Smart Crosswalk™ system controllers, LED border-enhanced warning signs, and pedestrian activation devices that work in sync to alert motorists to pedestrians inside a crosswalk.
NIGHTTIME – 2-in-1 System with Amber Warning Lights & White Pedestrian Luminaire (U.S. Patent Pending)
“We’re excited to offer customers a more ruggedized, all-weather roadway warning light,” says LIGHTGUARD President Michael Harrison. “In-roadway warning lights are longtime proven to be the most effective way of alerting motorists, and soon we will be able to light-up the pedestrian as well. The best crosswalk warning solution just got better.”
Key features include:
Ruggedized polyurethane exterior in a seamless, water-resistant housing
High-intensity LEDs with custom-engineered optics for precise focused light output
Enlighten1™ flash rate reaches a primitive part of the brain that elicits a response to danger
Surface Mount Pedestrian Luminaires™ (SMPL) gently illuminate the pedestrian as they are inside the crosswalk at nighttime
DuraFlash™ Plus simultaneously warns motorists and illuminates pedestrians at nighttime
The first generation DuraFlash™ M10 is now shipping to customers everywhere. The second generation DuraFlash™ Plus with SMPL™ is scheduled to launch Q3 2020.
First showcased in 2018 at AAAE in San Diego, CA, DuraFlash™ in-roadway warning lights are installed across the roadway before the crosswalk. As pedestrians enter the crosswalk and pass between a pair of bollard sensors, infrared light beams detect their presence—activating a chain of automated silent and visual communications between the motorist, the pedestrian, the pedestrian activation bollard, and the DuraFlash™ light fixture embedded into the pavement. Once activated, the amber LED portion of the light fixture flashes, warning motorists up to 1,000 feet in advance. The white LED SMPL™ portion of the light fixture also simultaneously energizes via photo cell activation at nighttime.
About LightGuard Systems®:
For twenty-five years, LIGHTGUARD’s—pioneers in traffic safety and category creators of lighted crosswalk systems—has helped cities, municipalities, schools, traffic safety and transportation engineers build safer crossing environments for pedestrians, students, employees, the elderly and disabled. Customers choose LIGHTGUARD for its easy-to-install, robust, reliable and cutting-edge-technology systems, better pedestrian safety outcomes, and a safer, more effective public safety traffic calming method. In a study conducted by Whitlock & Weinberger Transportation Inc., April 1998, LIGHTGUARD’s systems increased driver yield rates to pedestrians from 20 percent to 95 percent in the evening.
LIGHTGUARD’s solutions include:
Lighted safety systems for crosswalk and pedestrian crossings
Automatic (sensor, radar) activation and manual push button devices that trigger a lighted crosswalk warning/control system’s blinking lights
Robust system controllers, data collection, storage and management devices
Flashing LED pedestrian, stop, yield, school zone and other signs
Flashing LED Sign and Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacon (RRFB) systems
Comments Off on The cost of pedestrian injury versus the cost of prevention
Pedestrian accidents in crosswalks occur all too often and are on the rise. According to a recent GHSA study, the nationwide number of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2018 was 6,227 – an increase of four percent from 2017.
Accident prevention can come at a cost. But the cost of crosswalk accidents at a private facility or public crosswalk can be more costly – even devastating to the business or city.
While providing pedestrian safety systems for many industries, including private campuses and facilities, as well as airports, cities and school zones, we have witnessed that the cost of pedestrian accidents can massively outweigh the cost of prevention.
So whatdo pedestrian accidents cost?
All crosswalks carry a certain level of risk regardless of location. Whether it’s at a parking garage entrance or exit, a corporate campus parking area, a heavily used public downtown crossing, or at a trail crossing where pedestrians take walks – anywhere vehicles intersect with pedestrians potential danger exists.
For example, according to published data thousands of individuals are struck by automobiles that are backing out of parking spots every year. Parking lot accidents can take place at grocery stores, supermarkets, shopping malls, school parking structures, building parking garages and lots, airport parking structures, and just about any kind of parking lot. Low-speed impacts with pedestrians in parking lots are thought of as minor, but often result in serious and life-threatening injuries including fractures to the foot, knee and ligament damage, brain injuries, and facial injuries, even death. Victims of parking lot pedestrian accidents are entitled to compensation from all at fault parties.
Damages caused by pedestrian accidents can be easily mitigated by adding more safety lighting such as a pedestrian warning system, which is better known as a lighted crosswalk. Lighted crosswalks are a fixed cost.
Public streets, workplace and facility injuries, however, can create a financial ripple effect. This goes well beyond medical expenses and can cost any company, city or facility owners valuable time and money.
According to OSHA, it has been estimated that employers pay almost $1 billion per week for direct workers’ compensation costs alone. The costs of workplace injuries include direct and indirect costs.
What are direct and indirect costs?
Direct costs include workers’ compensation payments, medical expenses, and costs for legal services. Examples of indirect costs include legal representation, accident investigation and implementation of corrective measures, lost productivity, and costs associated with lower employee morale and absenteeism.
A further look into these costs:
Compensation for employees or injured family members
If a member of staff is injured in a work-related accident, it is the employer’s responsibility to cover any medical expenses. If a pedestrian is injured at a private or public parking garage or facility, the facility owners (or city if a publicly owned property) may be sued by the injured party and/or their family. Accidents victims at locations with a history of pedestrian accidents have been awarded upwards of $12M.
What you can do to increase the safety of pedestrians?
Prevention is the key. You can help prevent any of these costs and potentially human lives by putting preventions in place:
Advanced warning lights
The most effective way to prevent pedestrian injury and accident costs is to install a LightGuard Systems advanced warning light solution. Lighted crosswalks are a proven method of alerting drivers of pedestrians inside a crosswalk. In-roadway warning lights are embedded into the asphalt ahead of the crosswalk. When a pedestrian enters a crosswalk, sensors trigger the system’s flashing lights. RRFBs or LED border-enhanced warning signs can also be added to increase the level of warning. Using motion detection devices, pedestrians can also be warned of approaching vehicles with LED warning signs, or other output devices available from LightGuard Systems.
The price is irrelevant, as pedestrians lives will be saved
The equipment cost of a LightGuard Systems smart crosswalk advanced warning solution (the prevention) starts at $5000 with an average system cost of $14,500 — which is far better than the ongoing costs of pedestrian accidents.
 Spotlight on Highway Safety, Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State, 2018 Preliminary Data, Governors Highway Safety Association, ghsa.org @GHSAHQ
Comments Off on How we help you select the right lighted crosswalk for your pedestrian safety project
When busy crosswalks face low driver compliance to pedestrians, installing a lighted warning countermeasure—such as LIGHTGUARD’s proven in-roadway warning lights, LED border enhanced warning signs, and/or solar flashing RRFBs—is a smart safety option. Deciding which one, or all of these, warning measures will be the most effective way to increase driver yieldings can be daunting.
Traffic engineers in the crosswalk jurisdiction should always access each location and recommend an appropriate treatment that takes into account traffic and pedestrian flow, speeds, weather conditions, visibility, cost, sun exposure, and other relevant information. Created as a quick visual guide, our product matrix helps to determine which of our lighted crosswalks is right for your installation location based on number of lanes, posted vehicle speeds, and power source.
Why is it important to specify for your lighted crosswalk project?
Specifying the best lighted crosswalk countermeasure for your location is critical for ensuring safety, longevity, and cost-effectiveness. As the inventors of the lighted crosswalk category, our robust systems are time-tested with 25 plus years of installed systems to prove it.
If you are interested in a solar powered system, we apply our SolarCalculator™ tool to assess panel size and battery power needs – to ensure that your system always has enough power. Giving us the crosswalk location’s precise street address also helps us to determine if a solar panel will receive enough sun exposure latitudinally. Otherwise, our AC systems operate on 12 VDC, making them an attractive low-energy consumption alternative.
What kind of questions do we ask for a solar lighted crosswalk installation?
Our sales and engineering staff take the time to run multiple simulation equations for your installation in order to properly determine the best real-life scenario before making any recommendations. Our solar controllers are capable of collecting and storing data, such as time, date and number of activations, and can be adjusted for activation on/off times for multiple crosswalk zones.
We will start by asking you several questions, such as:
How many lanes does the crosswalk have?
What kind of LIGHTGUARD lighted crosswalk is desired, in-roadway warning lights (IRWLs), RRFBs or LED signs?
Did you know that IRWLs are commonly used in conjunction with RRFBs and/or LED signs to increase visibility to motorists?
Do you want solar power, or a solar wireless system? If solar power, does the site receive direct sun exposure?
Do you want passive or manual pedestrian activation?
How many activations in a 24 hour period are you expecting?
Where will the system be installed? Please be as specific as possible, including cross streets and google map site location.
Is the location in a snowy region or flood zone?
After we receive the above information, we recommend our best, most effective system and provide a cost estimates with other add on options, if desired.
Request a quote
To request a quote for a LightGuard Systems lighted crosswalk for your project, call us at (707) 542-4547, or use our online Contact Us form available at our website. If you decide to use the online form, please include answers to the above questions in a MSWord or PDF file, and attach any plans, drawings, or photos you might have of the location. We will get back to you with any further questions before providing you with a price quote.
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SANTA ROSA, Calif., April 9, 2019—North Bay Area LightGuard Systems, Inc., manufacturer, distributor and tech leader of pedestrian/motorist warning traffic control devices announces the development of HeadsUp!®—a mobile traffic safety warning app for use at crosswalks, school zones, work zones, and on school buses and emergency vehicles, such as highway patrol units who are stopped along the roadway—among other applications.
HeadsUp! sends alerts via a beacon which transmits a BTLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) signal to the app in advance of pedestrian activity, roadway hazards, or other changes in traffic conditions. The beacon integrates with the company’s lighted crosswalks and can be installed at intersections, crosswalks, on school buses and work zone trucks, or worn on the body by a cyclist or jogger, for example.
Manual or on-demand events—such as a pedestrian activating a lighted crosswalk—trigger the beacon to communicate with the app via BTLE short-range communication. Motorists receive instant alerts—such as the presence of a pedestrian in an approaching crosswalk—via IOS or android mobile device.
HeadsUp! can substitute some CVI (Connected Vehicle Interface) functions, while also offering a more easily deployable, and less expensive option. Unlike CVI, its alerting system does not rely on line-of-sight. HeadsUp! also offers more timely alerts by broadcasting directly to a mobile phone—bypassing multiple communication layers, such as those CVI uses.
“Smart cities, schools, and the autonomous vehicle industry need a scalable way to tackle pedestrian and traffic safety,” says LightGuard Systems President Michael Harrison. “We believe that we have the solution and are excited to begin field testing.”
About LightGuard Systems
For twenty-five years, LightGuard Systems—traffic safety pioneers and creators of the lighted crosswalk category—has provided cities, schools, urban planners and transportation engineers early warning devices for pedestrian enhancements. Customers choose LightGuard Systems for their robust, reliable, cutting-edge technology, better pedestrian safety outcomes and a safer, more effective traffic calming measure—such as their world-renowned Smart Crosswalk™ in-roadway warning light system. Visit LightGuard Systems at www.lightguardsystems.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
LightGuard Systems solutions include:
Warning systems for uncontrolled intersections and mid-block crosswalks
Equipment that triggers a system’s flashing lights
System controllers, data collection, storage and management devices
Comments Off on Applying Wireless Technologies to Pedestrian Safety Systems
Wireless technologies fill different roles in pedestrian safety systems
By nature a wireless system only replaces wires, but it doesn’t replace the information passed on by the medium. Depending on what information needs to be communicated and/or its context, different technologies are deployed.
Solar powered system
For example, some people refer to a solar powered system as wireless, since no external wires to the system (AC power lines) have to be connected for the power source. In this context, no information is communicated wirelessly.
Another commonly deployed technology addresses wireless detection – identifying the presence of pedestrians at a crosswalk entrance in order to activate the safety systems. The generic term for this application is sensors. There are a host of sensor technologies designed for this purpose, where some fill the purpose efficiently and inexpensively, while others are costly and less effective.
Wireless activation devices
A third technology can be thought of as a wireless switch – like a garage door opener, or TV remote control, or a key fob, etc. The device transmits a signal to wirelessly activate a switch. These are deployed in crosswalk safety systems at all entrances to a crosswalk so that the signaling devices at each entrance don’t have to be physically connected to each other in order for the entire system to operate.
Remote wireless transfer
A fourth technology is an extension of the third. It facilitates bi-directional communication for remote information transfer. The key term here is remote. This application is deployed to operate equipment without actually being on site at the crosswalk controller. This technology is the most advanced and also supports the US DOT Integrated Traffic Systems goals.
LightGuard Wireless Crosswalk Alerting System Component Option List
Solar: 80w min Solar Panel, 200AH Battery, 10A max
Controller Configurable/Programmable, LCD, keypad, scheduled activations via internal RTC, data logging, supports up to 4 different outputs simultaneously
Wireless Communication 900MHz Industry Standard RF, FCC approved, secure node/gateway connections, supports 1 Master + 1 Slave up to 1 Master + 4 Slaves2 for multiple crosswalks managed from one controller
Comments Off on How to Get a Lighted Crosswalk in Your Community
There is an unsafe crosswalk in your community and you want a lighted crosswalk installed. Sometimes the solution is as easy as making a phone call to your city’s traffic engineer. In reality, you may need to build a case, get community buy-in, and petition your city for an effective traffic safety solution. These 8 steps will help guide you through the process, and navigate the many traffic safety project hurdles that you may encounter along the way.
Step #1: Identify the Crosswalk that You Want “Lit Up”
Identify the crosswalk location that you feel is unsafe and where you would like the city to install a lighted crosswalk system. To qualify for a lighted crosswalk system, the location must be an uncontrolled mid-block crosswalk, or uncontrolled intersection, where no traffic lights or signs [stop or yield] are used to indicate the right-of-way.
Step #2: Talk with Neighbors and Community
Find out if your neighbors and other community members also have a pedestrian safety concern around the same crosswalk that you have identified. If so, let them know that you are organizing a petition to the city to improve pedestrian safety by installing a Smart Crosswalk™, and that you will be planning and inviting them to a meeting to help organize and support this effort. If you can, organize a meeting through your block captain, neighborhood group, or homeowners’ association. If the crosswalk is at or near a school zone, contact the local PTA group, school principal, or other local organization for support. You will have an easier time approaching local officials if you work with existing community leadership.
Step #3: Research Your City’s Procedure
Research and be clear on your city’s procedure for traffic calming devices, such as lighted crosswalks. These specifics will help you determine your course of action. Cities may require a traffic or pedestrian crosswalk study before authorizing a lighted crosswalk system, so your initial goal might be to prompt this.
Identify the appropriate department and contact person. It may be public safety, engineering, public works, transportation, street, or something else.
Identify the local process for obtaining a traffic study, if one is required.
Identify legal and preferred [already in use] traffic calming methods for your municipality. Not every city allows lighted crosswalk systems, but most do.
Print related guides and applications from your local government’s website.
Step #4: Hold a Community Meeting & Begin Gathering Data
By now, you understand what your municipality requires and have defined the target crosswalk location in need of a lighted crosswalk system. Bring all of this with you to share with the community at the meeting. Additional research may need to be done and/or items filled out for the city. Items to discuss at the meeting could include:
The cause(s) of the unsafe crosswalk. Does heavy traffic start before and extend beyond your block and this location? Look at the bigger picture; try to be specific about the cause of the safety issue.
Establish who will be the liaison and contact between the neighborhood and the city.
Determine what data needs to be collected and who will be responsible for collecting it. Make sure the format is easy to understand. Data to collect includes:
Identify the number of pedestrian-generating facilities (Ex. schools, parks, restaurants, transit stops, shopping malls), basically any place that generates pedestrian activity, their proximity to the target area and frequency of occurrence.
Identify when heavy traffic, speeding, and any other driving condition that create hazards.
Identify pedestrian usage of the crosswalk, and times. [Most accidents occur at nighttime.]
Try to demonstrate that a number of cars aren’t stopping for pedestrians.
Identify the number or percentage of pedestrians considered vulnerable; this includes children under 12, seniors, disabled, etc.
Gather other data, accident reports, newspaper articles and stories about the crosswalk location.
It is helpful to collect testimonials from neighbors about how the dangers of this crosswalk affects their and/or their family’s safety, and impacts their quality of life.
Step #5: Create A Petition
By now you should have enough information to create your petition. You can create one yourself with space enough for 200 signatures (or more if required by the city). Print it out and begin gathering signatures, or use online petition sites such as: www.change.org, www.thepetitionsite.com or www.gopetition.com. Online petitions make signature-gathering and sharing easy, and let you email the petition directly to the city and other local officials. Be sure to collect addresses along with signatures, as the city will want to see the names of its local residents who are in favor of a lighted crosswalk. If accidents have occurred at this crosswalk, include URL links or photocopies of news articles, photos of the crosswalk, testimonials from residents, and documentation gathered from Step #4 and attach send with the petition.
Step #6: Present Your Case to the City
Present/send the signed petition, along with your city’s official application and documents created in Step #3. Include a cover letter with your contact information explaining your request for a lighted crosswalk system, such as a LightGuard Systems Smart Crosswalk, and the reasons your community wants this.
Provide the name of your neighborhood or organization and the crosswalk location.
Tell them why you are concerned about this crosswalk’s safety, and reference the neighborhood testimonials, data, accident reports, newspaper articles and stories collected in Step #4.
Explain that you’ve held a meeting and have a petition with a certain number of signatures from residents in the target area.
Explain the procedure you are following, such as the city’s application form.
Print (on official letterhead, if possible) and mail these to your city contact(s) identified in Step #3.
Step #7: Contact Other Local Officials
You should also identify and reach out to your local council person, police precinct and fire house. Ask your council person to send a letter of support to the city contact. Can they provide any resources to assist? Ask the precinct if they are able to conduct a traffic study, if needed.Report findings back to your community.
Step #8: Follow Up
However, if you do not hear back from your city contact within two weeks, call and follow up. Ask when you can expect to receive an answer about the installation of a lighted crosswalk system, and the next steps in the process. [You may need to do this several times.] If necessary, bring your formal complaint—and other concerned neighbors—to council meetings or other relevant public meetings.
TIP: If tax dollars are insufficient for funding a lighted crosswalk project, consider holding a fundraising event or online campaign. Funding sources could be neighbors, local businesses and government—anyone who has an interest or whose establishment will be affected by the project. Get pricing from LightGuard Systems on lowest cost options, such as a push button activated, AC powered flashing LED sign or RRFB system—a faster and less costly solution than a complete lighted crosswalk system with in-roadway warning lights. For ideas, take a look at our Smart Crosswalk Brochure and starting pricing.