Pedestrian Safety Upgrade to City Traffic Lights
Pedestrians will be safer in Bendigo’s central business district with this week’s installation of Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles by the team at OmniGrip Direct.
Following installations in Melbourne and Trafalgar in Victoria, and Dunedin in New Zealand, the Bendigo installation is the first in one of VIctoria’s major regional cities. The lights change colour with the traffic lights, giving clear information to pedestrians about when they should or shouldn’t cross the road.
Bendigo is one of Victoria’s largest regional cities, and the upgraded intersection is right in its central shopping precinct, at the intersection of Hargreaves Street, Mitchell Street and Bendigo Mall, and next to its on-street bus interchange.
Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles are a LED footpath light that fundamentally rethinks how visual information is provided to pedestrians at traffic signals and pedestrian crossings for roads, tramlines and train tracks. The LED Safety Tactiles are a Tactile Ground Surface Indictor (TGSI) that incorporates LED lights. They are connected to standard traffic lights or flash yellow at an unsignalised crossing to warn pedestrians of a hazard.
Conventional traffic signals place the visual warning after the hazard – a red or green “man” located across the road as far from the pedestrian as it could be. The Vivacity LED Safety Tactile brings the visual safety warning to where the pedestrian is walking or standing.
Chief Executive Gary Commane said, “Our LED Safety Tactiles are well suited to busy locations like this one at the start of Bendigo’s mall. People are focussed on shopping, conversation with their friends and family, or rushing to catch the bus.
Mr Commane explained, “The LED Safety Tactiles are big and bright, providing an easily-seen safety message to pedestrians about when they should or shouldn’t cross the road. They’re much easier to see than the standard red or green man.”
This is a great improvement for those living with low vision and we welcome the introduction of these…Adam English, Vision Australia in Bendigo Advertiser, 16 August 2021
Vision Australia’s Adam English said, “This is a great improvement for those living with low vision and we welcome the introduction of these into the regions. For people with low vision and who are short sighted, they would really benefit from the indicators.” (Bendigo Advertiser, 16 August 2021)
Vivacity LED Safety Tactiles transform safety for pedestrians, and they are an easy pedestrian safety upgrade for existing traffic lights. With the installation of their Australian-designed and manufactured control system, their daylight and night-time brightness can be adjusted to meet the needs of each site.
The installation was funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments, to implement innovative technologies on roads in regional Victoria. It follows the installation of the LED Safety Tactiles at a pedestrian crossing across the Princes Highway in Trafalgar as well as Melbourne and Dunedin.