Available literature was searched and contacts and visits made to several cities to determine the value of special illumination systems for pedestrian crosswalks. These system designs ranged from simple floodlighting to a pedestrian-actuated/vehicle-detection system using warning signs, flashing beacons, and overhead internally illuminated signing. The effectiveness of the North American systems varied considerably; Detroit concluded that the value of their systems was limited, while Toronto has shown a significant decrease in both pedestrian accidents and vehicle and pedestrian delay. In Europe, Hanover experienced a significant reduction in pedestrian injuries and fatalities and Copenhagen found a notable decrease in wet-weather, nighttime casualties. More research is required before a definitive statement can be made about the value of a specialized crosswalk illumination system for the U. S., either alone or in combination with a strictly enforced crossing policy.

  • Authors:
    • Janoff, M S
    • Charles, J W
    • Freedman, M
  • Publication Date: 1975-4

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  • Accession Number: 00095766
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1975 12:00AM