ENCAT helped Wollongong Council improve the safety of the commercial zone along the Pacific Highway between Bourke Street and Achilles Avenue by installing new Pedestrian Fencing. On either side of this main road are a number of commercial properties that are used for retail or accommodation, so it is a perfect mix to entice pedestrians to try and cross the road directly rather than using the traffic light crossings at the end of the block.
Our Type 1 Pedestrian Fencing can be installed either on a verge or a median strip which makes it very versatile and able to accommodate all kinds of sites. The length of fencing needed for this median was just over 140 metres to ensure the length of road was covered between the right hand turn bay & the traffic lights. This physical barrier would force people to use the crossing.
Why was Pedestrian Fencing needed near this car park area?
You can see in the map and from the photos just how busy this commercial zone is. There are car dealers, shops and accomodation properties on either side of the road, six lanes of traffic going in either direction, multiple driveways and this is on the Princess Highway, the main arterial through North Wollongong.
So the council decided to install Pedestrian Fencing the full stretch of concrete median strip as well as the traffic light corners that did not have designated crossings. This would force people to take the long way around and safely cross the road.
The other reason was because the North Wollongong Hotel is one of the most popular destinations for University students living in the area. This venue is so popular that sometimes the footpath areas can be full of people & many will walk to the location from the surrounding residential areas to ensure they are not drinking and driving.
So it was important to try and protect patrons from the busy main road area on the Princess Highway.
How did Pedestrian Fencing help improve safety in this commercial zone?
Pedestrian Fencing can be used as a simple, but effective, physical barrier that deters anyway from trying to climb over it and instead, have to walk around it. It changes the path of how people access areas on either side of the fencing, so in this installation it stops people going from hotel to the shops on the other side of the road.
All the Pedestrian Fencing that ENCAT manufactures is made from 100% recycled steel in our factory in NSW. It is designed to deal with the harsh outdoor environment but also the pollution creating by passing traffic. Each panel is designed to deform if impacted by a vehicle as per RMS specifications.
Pedestrian Fencing used to create a safety 'system'
ENCAT can supply Pedestrian Fencing to local councils that need to change how pedestrians behave in commercial zones. 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.
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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