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fhwa-embedded-leds-in-signs.pdf | file size: 320kb

1005-00002 BlinkerStop (R1-1).pdf | file size: 625kb

1005-00006 Blinker Wrong Way (R5-1a).pdf | file size: 713kb

1005-00001-01-RRFBXL2.pdf | file size: 925kb

1005-00001-02-RRFBXL2-110VAC.pdf | file size: 938kb

1005-00003 Blinker Ped Xing (W11-2).pdf | file size: 915kb

1005-00007 Blinker School Xing (S1-1).pdf | file size: 713kb

1005-00004 Pedestrian Solutions.pdf | file size: 1.8mb

1005-00008 Curve Warning System (W1-8).pdf | file size: 3.7mb

1005-00011 High Water Warning System.pdf | file size: 737kb

1005-00010 Emergency Vehicle System.pdf | file size: 358kb

1005-00005 Blinker Workzone (W20-7).pdf | file size: 647kb

1005-00009 Blinker Railroad Xing (R15-1, W10-1).pdf | file size: 492kb

1005-00012 BlinkerPaddle.pdf | file size: 632kb

1005-00038 BlinkerRadar LED Enhanced BlinkerSign.pdf | file size: 818kb

1005-00040 BlinkerRadar LED Beacon Enhanced BlinkerSign.pdf | file size: 815kb

1005-00014 Solar Beacon.pdf | file size: 420kb

1005-00015 BlinkerBeacon double.pdf | file size: 443kb

1005-00026 Blinker Speed (R2-1).pdf | file size: 438kb

1005-00028 overheight warning system.pdf | file size: 344kb

1005-00016 DirecTime BlinkLink cutsheet.pdf | file size: 737kb

MAP-21 was signed into law by on July 6, 2012. Funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014. MAP-21 creates a streamlined and performance-based surface transportation program and builds on many of the highway, transit, bike, and pedestrian programs and policies established in 1991.

The range of funding sources presently available from U.S. Department of Transportation modal administrations to finance traffic safety data improvements is described near the bottom of this page. Funding for such activities is not limited to programs specifically designated as "data" or as "safety" funding. Instead, funding for data improvements can be found in core programs and other established programs not normally thought of as "safety programs".

FHWA funding resource. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), which was signed into law on August 10, 2005, established the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) as a core Federal-aid program. To learn more click on this link.

Bicycle and pedestrian projects are broadly eligible for funding from almost all the major Federal-aid highway, transit, safety, and other programs. Here is a list of funding resources that are available.

Don't have time to download and look through all of these studies? Download this single page summary overview. It shows conclusions of many of the studies and also has links if you would like to download a study in its entirety.

1023-00001_Blinker_Test-Study_Summaries.pdf | file size: 320kb

Embedded Light Emitting Diodes (LED) in sign faces improve safety at intersections by enhancing driver awareness of traffic-control signs.

FHWA_Embedded_LEDs_in_Signs.pdf | file size: 320kb

Implementing safety countermeasures on rural horizontal curves to address speeding can improve the safety performance for those locations. The research conducted for this project will evaluate a Sequential Dynamic Curve Warning System (SDCWS) that could be an additional tool for these engineers to use either separately or in combination with other countermeasures to address horizontal curve locations with a history of safety concerns.

Evaluation_of_TAPCO_SDCWS_Warning_System.pdf | file size: 8.6mb

Researchers associated with the Minnesota Traffic Observatory at the University of Minnesota conducted a two-pronged investigation, released in January 2014. The Researchers stated that "arguably the most interesting effect" was "a statistically significant interaction between the presence of opposing traffic and the period after installation of the flashing LED stop sign. That is, drivers who were required to yield to opposing traffic were more likely to stop, compared [to] non-stop, after the flashing LED stop sign was in place."

MnDOT2014-02-BlinkerStops 2014.pdf | file size: 782kb

In an effort to increase pedestrian safety and driver awareness, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTRANS) installed both the SmartStud™ and BlinkerSign® Systems. Overall the percentage of traffic that yielded to pedestrians increased after both the Systems were installed. When no system was in place, 56% of traffic yielded. The percent of traffic increased to 76% compliance after the SmartStud™ System was in place. The largest percentage of compliance was witnessed after the BlinkerSign® System was in place with an overall 80% of traffic yielding to the staged pedestrian. The overall percentages are comprised of both directions and crossing scenarios.

According to the District 4 maintenance crew and Traffic Shop personnel, no maintenance has been performed in the 21-month period after installation.

Yielding-Rates-Ped-Xing-BlinkerSigns-VA.pdf | file size: 104kb

LED Signs Reduce Intersection Blow-throughs by over 50 Percent!
Two intersections in Texas, one rural and one urban, were studied using BlinkerStop® flashing red LED (Light-Emitting Diode) stop signs. Overall, the use of stop signs with red flashing LEDs had consistent statistically significant beneficial effects on daytime and nighttime stopping compliance.

Reductions of 34 to 53 percent in the rate of vehicles not-fully stopping (blow-throughs and roll-throughs) were observed. Overall, the total rate of vehicles not fully stopping was reduced from 0.471 to 0.335 (28.9 percent reduction) . The flashing LED stop sign was particularly effective for reducing the rate of vehicles blowing-through the intersection, as the overall rate of occurrence was reduced from 0.051 to 0.024 (52.9 percent).

TTI-study-higher-conspicuity-signs.pdf | file size: 9.3mb

David Royer, P.E., Consulting Traffic and Highway Engineer
I have had the opportunity to independently review and test the visibility of the BlinkerStop® sign. My review disclosed that the BlinkerStop® sign significantly increased the visibility of the stop sign without affecting the shape, color, or layout of the sign. Its LED technology can be used to enhance the visibility of standard traffic signs and improve highway safety at problem locations without an electric power supply and without requiring installation of special or signal poles with traffic signal head systems.

david-royer-blinkerStop.pdf | file size: 182kb

Motorists often fail to yield right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks. Thus, being a pedestrian can be extremely dangerous. During the three-year period of 2004 through the end of 2006 there were a total of 14,340 pedestrian fatalities and 193,000 pedestrian injuries resulting from pedestrian-automobile crashes nation-wide (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA], 2008). Decreasing the occurrence of these crashes and increasing the incidence of drivers yielding right-of-way to pedestrians would increase both safety and the overall experience of walking.

One inexpensive device to increase yielding rates on multilane roads is the use of pairs of rectangular yellow LED beacons that employ a stutter flash pattern similar to that used on emergency vehicles. This study evaluated the efficiency of the rectangular rapid-flash LED flash beacons.

ST-PETERSBURG-STUDY.pdf | file size: 1.28mb

The objective of the research effort was to evaluate whether RRFBs could increase driver yielding to pedestrians on high-volume, multilane crosswalks. Researchers selected three cities in the United States, with typically low percentages of drivers who yield to pedestrians: St. Petersburg, FL; Washington, DC; and Mundelein, IL. The research team also wanted to determine the optimum way to install the device. Because the RRFB is side mounted, researchers compared mounting the beacons on only the side of the road as well as mounting them on the side of the road plus in the median or refuge island to increase visibility in all traffic lanes.

RRFB_FHWA_101207.pdf | file size: 600kb

The BlinkerStop Paddle was evaluated as superior to the Paddle/Panel and White-Light Paddle, which were better than the Paddle with no lights. The relatively poor showing of the White-Light paddle was a surprise. Although the white halogen lights were bright, they obscured other parts of the sign and confused some of the evaluators. The white-light paddle may not be the best choice for low-visibility situations, which are the most hazardous to flaggers and construction workers. Other designs should be considered for inclusion into the MUTCD.

Stop-Paddle-Visibility-Study.pdf | file size: 100kb

The purpose of this project is to measure the driver's yield-to-pedestrian response to new regulatory signs placed at the South West Recreation Center crosswalk on Hull Road. This report addresses the base crosswalk yielding conditions before the future placement of improved traffic control devices. These measurements consist of a series of yield counts conducted from February 22 to March 3, 2011 during peak pedestrian activity (3:30 to 6:45pm).

Hull-Rd-Yield-Study-Summary-Report.pdf | file size: 59kb

The report shows incidences & fatalities before and after the city of Dallas installed Solar Powered Flashing Chevrons.

HFL-DALLAS-STUDY.pdf | file size: 57.3kb

TAPCO's BlinkerSign® conform to the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) most recent Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (2009 MUTCD Section 2A.07 Retroreflectivity and Illumination)

2009_MUTCD_Compliance.pdf | file size: 184kb

The STOP/SLOW paddle may be modified to improve visibility by incorporating either white or red flashing lights on the STOP face, and either white or yellow flashing lights on the SLOW face (Section 6E.03 Hand-Signaling Devices).

Section_6E_Paddles_2003MUTCD.pdf | file size: 104kb

The MUTCD gave interim approval to RRFBs for optional use in limited circumstances in July 2008. The interim approval allows for usage as a warning beacon to supplement standard pedestrian crossing warning signs and markings at either a pedestrian or school crossing; where the crosswalk approach is not controlled by a yield sign, stop sign, or traffic-control signal; or at a crosswalk at a roundabout.

RRFB_OVERVIEW_FHWA.pdf | file size: 104kb

* Call 1-800-236-0112 for individual state or province approvals

Overview of TAPCO's Intelligent Warning Systems

TAPCO's Solar LED Division is dedicated to innovative, green solutions that make travel safer for all road users: vehicular, pedestrians and pedalcyclists alike. If you need a custom solution please contact our team of flashing LED sign product specialists, we'll gladly discuss the possibilities with you.

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Wrong Way Warning System

To help reduce the alarming rate of injuries and fatalities caused by wrong-way drivers, TAPCO developed BlinkerSign Wrong Way Driver Warning Systems. In this video we will examine these systems, featuring BlinkerSign LED-embedded flashing Wrong Way signs.

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Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB)

TAPCO's pedestrian activated RRFB systems have produced 80% to 90% driver compliance in yielding to pedestrians at high-risk uncontrolled crossings. When activated, the LED arrays flash an FHWA specified, alternating 'wig-wag' pattern. Side-mounted LED arrays flash concurrently to advise pedestrians that the units are flashing. This is the highest yielding rate of all devices not featuring a red display, and up to 4 times greater than standard round beacons. RRFBs cost less than other devices with similar vehicular yield rates.

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BlinkerBeacon Overview Video

In this video we will introduce BlinkerBeacon LED Beacons. The combination of Light-Emitting Diodes' long life, low power draw and dramatically increased brightness has made solar-powered traffic beacons a reality.

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Sequential Dynamic Curve Warning System, Empire CO

TAPCO's Dynamic Curve Warning Systems, or DCWS. These DCWS feature TAPCO's flashing LED BlinkerSign®, which are solar-powered traffic signs enhanced with brilliant LEDs. The BlinkerSign® provide advanced warning of and guidance through the curve, and are ITS-compatible.

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Emergency Vehicle Egress Warning System

Emergency Vehicles departing Fire Houses, Hospitals, Medical Clinics and other locations inevitably experience conflicts with other vehicles approaching the facility. Traffic & Parking Control Company's Emergency Vehicle Egress Warning Systems are designed to enhance traffic safety by reducing vehicle conflicts.

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BlinkLink™ Overview Video

In this video we will explore the BlinkLink Cloud-based Traffic Device Manager Application. You will see the interface and it's core features.

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