ENCAT helped Clarence Valley Council improve the safety of a pathway crossing along Charles Street in Grafton by installing Pedestrian Fencing safety panels on the median and verges of this busy stretch of road. There is a shared pedestrian cycleway path that connects between the Bent Street Greyhound bus depot & Ryan Street William Wedge bus interchange as well as the local shops.
Anyone using this path on foot or with a bicycle would need to cross the busy Charles Street and the four lanes of traffic passing either way. This stretch of road is one of the main thoroughfares for people who are travelling north or south between Byron Bay or Coffs Harbour and decide to stop off in Grafton.
There wasn’t a pedestrian crossing, traffic calming device or lights at this location, so it was very easy for a cyclist to ride straight across the road without slowing while also being hard for pedestrians to get across all four lanes safely.
We helped to custom manufacture Type 1 Pedestrian Fencing safety panels that could be installed on the verges & then a curved section for the newly created median strip. While it was only a short run of fencing, the installation would mean anyone trying to cross would need to slow down, but could also pause half way across before completing the crossing safely.
Why was Pedestrian Fencing needed for his road?
You can see photos before the installation, this stretch of road was a four lane street between two main intersections. There was space on one side for vehicles to park by the side of the road, or trucks, and this would obscure vision for motorists if someone was attempted to cross the road with a bicycle (or on foot).
There was no median strip either, so this meant that traffic wasn’t divided at all. Any crossing being attempted would mean people had to try and negotiate four lanes of traffic or wait half way in a fairly dangerous position.
When the council performed an upgrade to this stretch of road it included the installation of a new median strip that was complimented with our pedestrian fencing.
How did Pedestrian Fencing help improve safety at this crossing?
The use of Pedestrian Fencing at this crossing has forced people to use the designated crossing area that has a specially built median for people walking or cycling over the road. By installing the fencing in this way it also creates a very deliberate shape to slow people down and stop them from rushing across the road.
By installing Pedestrian Fencing safety barriers on the median and the verges the council was able to maximise safety for people trying to cross the road.
This type of physical deterrent forces people to cross at a safe location and make it easier for motorists. Our ability to custom manufacture fencing to suit different lengths, gradients or shapes means we can help address any existing or new conditions created on site.
Pedestrian Fencing can improve safety levels for an existing site
ENCAT can supply Pedestrian Fencing to local councils that need to change how pedestrians behave around a particular site or area. This could be a shopping centre area or bulky goods retailing strip whether it is a median or a verge, straight road or corner or sloping gradient. No matter the location our products improve safety by changing the flow of foot traffic in public use spaces.
Fencing can be used with other safety elements to create a ‘system’ around an area to protect motorists or pedestrians using public spaces. This can include fencing on median strips, walkway bridges or other structures installed to change traffic flows.
We custom make Pedestrian Fencing in Australia
ENCAT regularly works with civil works contractors, local or state government departments to design, manufacture and install Pedestrian Fencing to suit unusual applications. We have been doing this since 1989
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