Pedestrian safety at airports with LightGuard's traffic warning solutions

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.

Project Summary

Dallas Love Field, TX

Project Summary – Dallas Love Field Airport

Client: Dallas Love Field Airport, TX

Project Size: 25 In-Roadway Warning Lights, 12 Bollards, 3 LED Border-Enhanced Pedestrian Signs

Year Installed: 2012

Lighted crosswalks provide pedestrian safety at Dallas Love Airport using LightGuard Systems

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.

Solution 1:

25 In-Roadway Warning Lights (IRWL)

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.

Solution 2:

12 Automatic Pedestrian Detection BollardsT6 Automatic Activation Bollard - feature callouts

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)

Solution 3:

3 Flashing LED Pedestrian Crossing Signs 

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