Pedestrian Safety at Airports
Land side airport crosswalks are among the busiest pedestrian crossings in the world—making pedestrian safety at airports a public traffic safety concern. With passive pedestrian activated bollards, in-roadway warning lights and flashing LED signs, the hurried and distracted traveling public is given a safer crossing environment.
Approaching motorists are equally distracted as they scan terminal sidewalks for their arriving travelers. Smart Crosswalk alerts them of pedestrian activity up to 1,000 feet in advance of the crosswalk, allowing drivers ample time to slow to a stop.
Dallas Love Field, TX
Client: Dallas Love Field Airport, TX
Project Size: 25 In-Roadway Warning Lights, 12 Bollards, 3 LED Border-Enhanced Pedestrian Signs
Year Installed: 2012
Overview: Dallas Love Field needed enhanced safety for their travelers with increased pedestrian visibility and advanced warning to motorists.
Requirements: A robust, flexible traffic safety solution that is effective at warning motorists up to 1,000 feet in advance of pedestrians in a crosswalk.
LightGuard Systems provided 25 IRWLs with high-intensity LEDs. Visible both day and night, they activate via passive detection bollards and flash only when a pedestrian is present. The client selected 10” composite base plates and A/C power controller. IRWLs are MUTCD compliant and a proven method of increasing driver awareness up to 95%. Highly flexible, IRWLs are an ideal solution at curved airport parking entrances, and at-grade landside walkways.
Our Automatic Pedestrian Detection Bollard passive activation method was selected due to its elegant design and directionally sensitive infrared light beams, which activate only as pedestrians enter the crosswalk. Placed at crosswalk entrances in pairs, traveling pedestrians automatically trigger the system’s flashing IRWLs and LED signs simply by walking in-between them—making them the safest, most effective activation method. Bollards have a range of forty feet and contain vandal-resistant stainless steel fasteners.
(Pictured above: our latest T6 Bollard with NightGuide™ crosswalk lighting and customizable lighted graphic)
Our flashing LED border-enhanced pedestrian signs were added to crossings where additional 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. Dallas Love Field’s LED signs activate via passive detection bollards and flash only when a pedestrian is present.
“Since we installed the LightGuard Systems in-roadway warning lights and LED signs at pedestrian crossings, we’ve really seen an increase in motorist yielding and a positive effect in the overall safety of our travelers.”
—Jimmy Jackson, Electrical Supervisor, Dallas Love Field Airport
LightGuard Systems airport installations include:
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix
Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa
John Wayne Orange County Airport, Santa Ana
McClellan Palomar Airport, Carlsbad
San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco
Jacksonville International Airport, Jacksonville
Miami International Airport, Miami
Orlando Sanford International Airport, Sanford
Palm Beach International Airport, West Palm Beach
Honolulu International Airport, Honolulu
Logan International Airport, Boston
Tulsa International Airport, Tulsa
Will Rogers Airport, Oklahoma City
Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh
T.F. Green International Airport, Warwick
Nashville International Airport, Nashville
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas
Dallas Love Field Airport, Dallas
El Paso International Airport, El Paso
San Antonio International Airport, San Antonio
William P. Hobby Airport, Houston
Spokane International Airport, Spokane