Calls to improve lighting at Black Spots to Save Lives

Road-Safety

Calls to improve lighting on local roads to save lives

Lighting is a huge part of road safety, not only for cars and lighting black spots but also for visibility and the safety of pedestrians. With respect to pedestrians and roads in particular, according to Monash University research commissioned by walking health charityVictoria Walks, street lighting was identified as a potential issue that may help to reduce the risk of collisions at night time, with 11 percent of crashes that occur while it is dark take place in locations with no street lighting.

Lighting has been shown to be one of the most immediately impactful ways to boost both the actual and perceived safety levels of public spaces and roads. However, traditional electric lighting systems tend to present significant cost and logistical barriers due to roads and footpaths needing to be dug up for the required underground trenching and cabling. Within this context, SMART solar road lighting is the perfect solution for lighting dark spots on intersections, roundabouts, and pedestrian and cycling paths.

Research suggests there is a 35 percent reduction in road crashes when street lighting is implemented or improved.

Not only is smart solar road lighting a significantly more cost-effective solution due to there being no underground trenching and cabling required, it offers faster project turnaround times compared to grid-powered lights and flexibility as to where lights can be positioned. There are also clear environmental and social benefits – some might even say obligations – for governments to choose sustainable lighting sources moving forward.

Increasingly across Australia, local councils are overcoming the difficulty and cost of lighting dangerous intersections or long stretches of road by installing solar street lighting in situ of traditional grid-powered lighting. Successful road safety projects have already been completed in cities and towns across Queensland, Northern Territory, Victoria and New South Wales – with many in response to community pressure to help fix known problem areas.

Lit by the clean energy of the sun, Leadsun’s smart solar lighting is designed for local roads and is a sustainable solution ideal for increasing safety on poorly lit roads and intersections. These lights allow local councils in particular to be SMART city ready and meet growing community expectations that public space solutions minimise environmental impact. They also offer councils the freedom to connect and scale lighting solutions quickly, easily and cost-efficiently.

As smart public lighting specialists working with local government and corporate partners since 2005, Leadsun are leaders in providing efficient, smart public lighting solutions that enhance the safety of communities across Australia and the world. 

Leadsun is bringing SMART road lighting into all Australian municipalities – easily, affordably and efficiently. If you are looking for a dependable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solar lighting solution to enhance your community’s public spaces, get in touch with us today.

Princes Highway Shared Path Lights Up

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Princes Highway Shared Path Lights Up

This will give you a warm glow – new solar lighting along the Geelong Road (Princes Highway) shared path between Westleigh Drive and Anne Street is now complete.

The $135,000 Wyndham City project will provide good lighting levels and energy efficiency along the path, making it easier and safer for residents to use after dark.

Wyndham City Iramoo Ward Councillor, Mia Shaw, said these works were particularly important since residents have been confined to only exercising within 5km of their home as part of COVID-19 stage four restrictions.

“The Geelong Road (Princes Highway) shared path is a popular route for the local community, and this important project will give residents more confidence when walking, running, cycling or scooting along this path after dark – while observing the current curfew,” Cr Shaw said.

“This project came about after Westleigh Gardens residents brought the need for lighting along the path to Council’s attention, and I’d like to thank those residents for highlighting this need and helping to achieve this great outcome.”

“These works align with the recently adopted Wyndham Active Transport Strategy 2020, which acknowledges the importance of providing a connected city through the delivery of new footpaths and shared user paths to support walking, cycling, scooting and all forms of active travel.”

“Footpaths and shared paths are important, not only for exercise and wellbeing, but also for commuting and providing access to public transport, offering residents an alternative to car travel.”

“Since adopting the strategy, Council officers have wasted no time completing a full audit of path networks across our city to confirm the location of missing links, and have been developing roll-out plans to begin bridging gaps.”

“It is proposed that construction of the first packages will commence in the coming weeks, once stage four restrictions are eased.”

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This story is just one in our collective experience that demonstrates yet again why our brand promise at Leadsun is Always Dependable, and why we stand by it.

Leadsun is bringing SMART public lighting into all Australian municipalities – easily, affordably and efficiently. If you are looking for a dependable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solar lighting solution to enhance your community’s public spaces, get in touch with us today.