ENCAT was approached by McCorry Brown Civil Earthmoving who have been operating in Australia for as long as we have. They were completing a project for the Shire of Broome council to help build a car parking area that was being constructed for St Mary’s Catholic School in Broome in Western Australia.
The company chose to use our Type 5 Pedestrian Fencing to be installed along the verge of a main road to act as a safety barrier for the car parking area behind it. Using our unique ‘Site Safe’ pallet packaging we were able to organise delivery of 80 metres of pedestrian fencing to travel safely for more than 4,500kms from our factory in New South Wales over to the construction site in Broome Western Australia.
We regularly supply our range of Pedestrian Fencing products to companies interstate with our fence panels used in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania.
Why was Pedestrian Fencing needed near this car park area?
The terminology used for this type of car park installation near a school is “Pick up and drop off zone” or “Kiss and Ride” or “Kiss and Drop” zone. Every state and suburb in Australia will use a different phrase depending on what is used locally but it essentially means the same thing which is an area off the main road where vehicles can park and move slowly to pick up children from school.
The term first appeared in a 20 January 1956 report in the Los Angeles Times. In that context it referred to the scenario whereby a passenger is driven to the station by spouse or partner; they kiss each other goodbye before the passenger catches the train.
The NSW Government actually provides a definition for Kiss and Ride Zones and explains them as a an area for convenience and safety. Designed for quick entry and exit the idea for the zones is to minimise congestion or risk and they operate under the same conditions as no parking zones, which means you may stop to drop off or pick up for a maximum of 2 minutes. You’re required to remain in, or within 3 metres of, your vehicle.
This means that parents collecting their children from school no longer had to park on the side of the road, instead the parking area would separate passing traffic. The installation of Pedestrian Fencing along the 80 metre section would then make sure either students or parents didn’t stray onto the main road.
How did Pedestrian Fencing improve the safety of this school car parking area?
The Pedestrian Fencing used in this car parking area creates a physical barrier between the passing traffic and waiting vehicles. Combined with the wide foot path it provides very easy access for parents to pick up or drop off their children from school.There is still a very high level of visibilty for approaching motorists of vehicles entering or exiting as well as signage in the area.
Using steel Pedestrian Fencing delivers a finished product which is tough, hard wearing and able to stand up to Australia’s tough outdoor weather conditions. All the Pedestrian Fencing ENCAT manufactures is made from 100% recycled steel in our factory in NSW. It can be installed on new or existing median or verge areas for streets or roads.
How did we deliver Pedestrian Fencing to Western Australia safety?
Using our 30+ years of civil engineering experience we have developed our ‘Site Safe’ transportation packaging for our Pedestrian Fencing products. It ensures the safety of the delivery drivers and local site staff when they are transporting or unloading the panels. Everything is kept secure with our in-house developed system that prevents movement or scratching.
What can happen if Pedestrian Fencing is not transported safely? Well the photo below tells a thousand words. The reason we developed our ‘Site Safe’ packaging was to ensure our panels wouldn’t move during transit & were easy to unload from a transport vehicle. This also keeps staff safe.
Pedestrian Fencing used to create a safety 'system'
ENCAT can supply Pedestrian Fencing that can be used for various roadside applications whether it is on a median or a verge, straight road or corner, school, residential or even retail shopping area. No matter the location it can be used to change the flow of pedestrian foot traffic in public use spaces very quickly.
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.
Custom made Pedestrian Fencing installations
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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