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Enhancing urban mobility through innovation

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City Road Safety Solutions

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A common sight on city roads is seeing it being shared by cars, buses, auto-rickshaws, ox carts, and cyclists on streets. The demands of each vehicle type and modes of transportation have brought about its own set of challenges to road safety.

Government agencies and various organisations have stepped in to improve awareness for road safety and road accident prevention. States that already implemented road safety measures in India have shared their efforts as a benchmark to other states when improving road safety in their cities.

3M’s road safety solutions meet the rigours of city traffic – high compressive strength products and brighter signs keep roads safer for motorists and pedestrians. See some of them below:

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What are city roads?

City roads consist of arterial, sub-arterial, and connecting roads etc.

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Types of safety risks encountered on city roads

• Road hazards at junctions: Road safety issues at junctions are primarily caused by poor visibility of oncoming traffic and insufficient signs to indicate pedestrian crossings.

• Lack of visibility for public transportation lanes: Lack of cautionary signs and lane demarcation for bus lanes can cause collisions when changing lanes.

• Visual clutter and light pollution: These hazards are visually distracting and can affect the safety of the motorists on roads.


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Common city roads safety issues and their suggested solutions

Roundabouts
lack of traffic signs at roundabouts

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Mitigation Measures & Road Safety Solutions


• Cautionary/Warning, Informatory/Guide, Mandatory/Regulatory signs with retroreflective sheeting (Class B, Type IV) along the side of the road to allow drivers time to anticipate the traffic conditions ahead (IRC67: 2012).


• Hazard markers should be installed around the roundabout to caution traffic (IRC79).


• Raised Pavement Markers (RPMs) and Solar Studs to be placed on the road around the roundabout for better road visibility (IRC35:2015).


Solutions:


3M™ Diamond Grade™ Reflective Sheeting (Class C, Type XI)


High Intensity Prismatic Reflective Sheeting (Class B, Type IV)


Aluminium-backed Flexible Prismatic (AFP)


Solar Studs

Y - Junctions
road safety risks at traffic junctions

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Mitigation Measures & Road Safety Solutions


• Cautionary/Warning and Directional traffic signs (Class B, Type IV) along the side of the road to allow drivers time to anticipate the traffic direction changes ahead (IRC67: 2012).


• RPMs in red should be placed along the edge of the Y-Junction and channelising islands to mark the road for better visibility at night (IRC35:2015).


• Raised Pavement Markers (RPMs) in red should be placed along the edge of the Y-Junction and channelising islands to mark the road for better visibility at night (IRC35:2015).


Solutions:


3M™ Diamond Grade™ Reflective Sheeting (Class C, Type XI)


High Intensity Prismatic Reflective Sheeting (Class B, Type IV)


Solar Studs

Bus Lanes
bus safety on the road

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Mitigation Measures & Road Safety Solutions


• RPMs should be placed before the stop line and on both sides of the bus lane for enhanced visibility at night. (IUT:2012)


• RPMs should be placed before the stop line and on both sides of the bus lane for enhanced visibility at night. (IUT:2012)


Solutions:


3M™ Diamond Grade™ Reflective Sheeting (Class C, Type XI)


High Intensity Prismatic Reflective Sheeting (Class B, Type IV)


RPMs

Traffic Channelising Islands
Flexible median markers placed on channelizing islands

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Mitigation Measures & Road Safety Solutions


• Flexible Median Markers to be placed on the channelizing island to provide visibility to motorists during challenging weather conditions (IRC79:1981).


Solutions:


3M™ Flexible Median Marker


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Featured road safety products

View All Road Safety Products
  • 3M™ Diamond Grade™ Sheeting

    View 3M’s reflective sign sheeting that provides maximum total reflected light to drivers. Adheres to IRC Class C grade.

  • Solar Studs

    See how 3M’s Solar Studs unique anchorage system and high compressive strength make it a superior choice for city roads.

  • Variable Messaging Systems

    See advantages of having intelligent displays on roads that provide real time traffic data to motorists.


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Contact 3M Traffic Safety Systems

Certain sites on roads and highways are deemed as black spots by the police. 3M has short- and long-term solutions to remedy these accident-prone zones in our Black Spots Improvement Programme. To find out more, send us a message.

Toll-Free Number (India Only):
1-800-425-3030

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Additional resources and insights

  • Elements of Safe Roads

    Learn more about the safety regulations and standards that govern roads in India.

  • 3M Case Studies

    See how 3M Traffic Safety solutions have impacted the lives of drivers and pedestrians in India and around the world.

  • FAQ

    Get answers to common questions about 3M Traffic Safety solutions and products.

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