Urban Safety and Mobility

3M is committed to helping city planners and traffic engineers build the safer, more efficient complete streets of the future as we work towards reducing accidents and improving mobility within our urban areas.

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How do we keep cities safe and mobile while populations keep increasing?

Cities are growing in Europe and becoming more densely populated. Challenges with congestion, safety for vulnerable road users, and sustainable lifestyles combined with an increased focus on active mobility are initiating changes in the traffic environments. 3M is committed to helping city planners and traffic engineers build safer and more efficient streets and city environments.

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    Visible road markings in cities

    While increased cycling is one of the most effective ways to create a safe and sound traffic environment in urban areas, through own mobility, then with more people cycling, the deficiencies of the cycle networks in many cities become obvious.

    Learn more about visible road markings in this white paper by Gernot Sauter, Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist EMEA at 3M Transportation Safety Division Laboratory.

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Solutions for Urban Safety and Urban Mobility

In a modern evolving design of a city's infrastructure, there are several areas that are critical to safety for vulnerable road users, and where it is particularly important to pay attention to use the right materials ensuring safe active mobility.

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    Protected Cycle Lanes

    Increased cycle travel offers significant benefits in urban areas, it contributes to a more active, sustainable and healthier mobility. However, riding a cycle in congested urban areas can be hazardous for cyclists.

    Protected cycle lanes provide safe, designated space for cyclists and other micromobility users.

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    School Zone Safety

    As a city planner, it is a challenge that many children are driven to school by their parents for both practical and safety reasons. Using fluorescent signs made from highly visible 3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG³ sheeting and reflective road marking tape can help create safer walking and cycling routes around school zones.

    Each year more than 700 children under the age of 15 are killed in preventable traffic accidents in Europe¹. While it is the aim that more children are able to cycle or walk safely to and from schools, many paths in a wide area around schools would need significant updating to become safer.

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    Pedestrian Crossings

    Most fatalities and accidents with vulnerable road users in cities arise from people trying to cross the roads. Crossings need to be clearly marked and identifiable both for pedestrians and other city dwellers. The use of reflective highly visible and durable sign materials and road marking solutions can create safe, protected zones.

    3M temporary or permanent marking tapes are solutions that are quickly installed without preheating and minimising closing time of roads during installation.

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    Urban Ring Roads and Entry Roads

    When designing safer traffic environments in the more narrow sections of a city, reducing the number of cars and larger vehicles entering the city centres closer proximities, the ring roads and entry roads will have to carry a larger amount of vehicles safer and more effectively.

    Often these types of roads are placed in areas also with a high degree of light pollution, so the requirement for highly visible road markings and sign solutions increases.

Discover studies and reports by external road safety organisations

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External Study:
Facts about cyclists

Modal priority based on vulnerability of road users can improve road safety in Cities. While the trend for fatalities is slightly positive for pedestrians, then the overall curve for fatal cycle accidents has been increasing since 2013.

Find out more by downloading the full study by The European Road Safety Observatory.²

DOWNLOAD STUDY (PDF, 1.2 MB)

External report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) ³

A report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) that explores the most recent data on the current safety levels of cycling and walking.

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  • How safe is walking and cycling in Europe?

    "At least 51,300 pedestrians and 19,450 cyclists were killed on EU roads over the period 2010 to 2018. 5180 pedestrians and 2160 cyclists lost their lives in 2018 alone."

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Traffic safety solutions to improve urban safety

For more than 80 years, 3M has engineered traffic safety products that are more visible in a wider range of conditions, more rugged to withstand challenging environments, and more versatile to help improve road safety in your city infrastructure.

  • 3M retroreflective sheeting for traffic signs and delineators improves visibility and recognition at greater distances. Available in fluorescent colours and ultra-high performance 3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG³ material. 3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG³ reflective sheeting meets Class RA3 and R3B of DIN 67520 and Class R3C-UK of UK National Annex to EN 12899-1.

  • When continuous delineation and long-distance recognition are needed, like for urban tunnels for example, 3M™ Diamond Grade™ Linear Delineation System (LDS) panels help ensure drivers can navigate safely.

  • Our high-performance markings — including wet retroreflective pavement markings and high-visibility symbols and legends tapes — help communicate important navigational information and guidance to drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.

  • Conspicuity tape on large vehicles, buses, and trucks is a proven, cost-effective way to improve the visibility of these vehicles, helping to prevent crashes. Added to cycles, scooters, and motorcycles conspicuity markings can help increase the visibility of these vulnerable road users.

Discover more about our road sign and road marking solutions

Highly visible, retroreflective road signs and road markings can drastically improve road safety in urban areas, especially at dark or during wet weather conditions.

  • Our high-performance markings — including wet retroreflective pavement markings and temporary tapes — help communicate important navigational information and guidance to drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, whilst minimising traffic disruptions.

  • 3M™ MCS™ systems supporting EN and ASTM regulations will provide durable and reliable signs for urban applications

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  • References
    • ETSC https://etsc.eu/wp-content/uploads/PIN-FLASH_34.pdf (PDF, 2.47 MB)
    • The European Road Safety Observatory (ERSO) gathers harmonised specialist information on road safety practices and policy in European countries.
      Evidenced-based approaches lie at the heart of the most successful road safety polices – backed up by accident and other road safety data. ERSO collects a range of information types. These include a series of data protocols and collection methodologies, national and in-depth accident data, exposure data and safety performance indicators.
    • ETSC - European Transport Safety Council - is a Brussels-based independent non-profit making organisation dedicated to reducing the numbers of deaths and injuries in transport in Europe.
      Founded in 1993, ETSC provides an impartial source of expert advice on transport safety matters to the European Commission, the European Parliament, and national governments. It maintains its independence through funding from a variety of sources including membership subscriptions, the European Commission, and public and private sector support for various activities.