is no state manual, standards, or design guide that comprehensively addresses pedestrian lighting needs.
While there is some technical guidance on providing lighting for pedestrians in the context of street crossings and motor vehicle traffic, this information is fragmented, making it difficult to assimilate and apply. As a result, pedestrian lighting in New Jersey is more a by-product of lighting on roadways and private properties.
The VTC report found that physical improvements to improve pedestrian safety typically have been limited to facilities such as sidewalks, barrier curbing, and traffic-calming infrastructure; the VTC report recommends that lighting also be considered. In fact, the VTC report recommends that pedestrian lighting should become a mandatory part of roadway design and that the importance of pedestrian lighting issues should be promoted as a key pedestrian safety measure.
Improving Your Safety Odds
While it may never be possible to make walking and bicycling as safe at night as during the day, there are a number of steps individuals can take to reduce the risks of an accident for themselves and their loved ones.
If You Walk at Night:
- Be extra vigilant while walking in any street environment at night