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The smart zebra crossing lights up to get drivers' attention in time, Source: Pavapark

Cullera boosts road safety with smart pedestrian crossings

Cullera boosts road safety with smart pedestrian crossings

These are also accompanied by educational speed radars

The small city of Cullera, in the Valencian autonomous region of Spain, has been the latest to opt for introducing smart traffic management solutions in that part of the country. For this purpose, its City Council contracted the Pavapark company to install two intelligent pedestrian crossings and two educational radars on key traffic locations.

What do the smart radars and crossings do?

Pavapark is a Spanish company specializing in the development of smart city solutions that can be seamlessly integrated into urban traffic management systems.

The company installed educational radars on the Bega Bridge and on Corbera Street, two busy locations in the connection between Cullera and the A-38 national road. The “educational” part is that they are designed to encourage behavioural change.

Thanks to a screen, these radars show the approaching speed of the vehicles and offer the possibility of adding messages and icons. In this way, it is intended to make drivers aware of their driving speed. If the cars pass within the speed limit, the drivers can read a “Thank you” message. If they are above the limit, the radar displays a “Please, reduce your speed” message promptly.

As for the smart pedestrian crossings in Cullera, one is located on one of the town’s main streets, Racó Avenue, at the intersection with Águila Street. The second crossing has been installed on Cervantes Street and another two are planned to be put into operation on Port Avenue.

They are made up of 14 luminous horizontal signalling plates located at the ends of each white band of the zebra crossing, six RLP pilot lights at the ends of each black zone of the pedestrian crossing and two vertical signs that are also luminous.

The light signalling is activated when the vertical signal detection sensors indicate that a pedestrian is about to cross. The plates emit white light and are activated only at night, the RLP pilot lights emit red light and work during the daytime, while the vertical signs have both white and red lights and are activated at any time.

Thus, both day and night, zebra crossings give a visible warning that a user is going to cross or is already crossing so that drivers get the chance to slow down and stop their vehicles.

Pavapark has been involved in the installation of similar smart-city innovations in other towns of the Valencian autonomous region.

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