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Apr, 2019

Innovative Ideas to Improve Landscape Lighting

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You can improve landscape lighting by using a variety of lighting techniques with a mix of lighting fixtures. You might be surprised just how much lighting can impact the look and feel of your commercial or residential property. The following tips are sure to set you up for success. 4 Tips to Improve Landscape Lighting #1. Use a variety of landscaping lighting techniques There are many different types of landscape lighting techniques from accent or spot lighting to shadowing effects. Using an assortment of different techniques is a great way […]

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Apr, 2019

6 Tips to Make Parking Lots Safer

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By making parking lots safer, you create a better environment for patrons and businesses. About 1 in 4 pedestrian-related accidents occur in parking lots. Without the right precautions in place, parking lots can be dangerous and can even elicit criminal activity.  Plus, they can make people feel unsafe which may cause them to avoid the parking lot altogether. A recent ITE study that assessed 480 pedestrian-related crashes in parking lots found that 73% of these accidents occurred in retail parking lots. Shopping centers were home to the highest number of […]

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Apr, 2019

How Long Do Light Posts Last For + How to Make Them Last Longer

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Commercial lampposts made from metal or concrete will not last as long as our unique Classic PolySteel® lampposts. The same factors that cause metal or concrete posts to break down do not affect PolySteel®. Reasons Steel Lampposts Break Down Steel lampposts are coated in a thin layer of powder coat or baked enamel, this is intended to serve as a protective coating that keeps the elements out and prevents rust. It works in the short term, but it doesn’t take much to break down this outer layer. Even a small […]

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Apr, 2019

How Much Do Protected Bike Lanes Help to Prevent Accidents?

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Many cities across the US have reported the same findings: protected bike lanes help reduce crashes and protect cyclists, while also improving feelings of safety and wellbeing. In addition, they reduce motor vehicle speeds and increase the number of cyclists who bike on roadways. In fact, protected bike lanes have been found to reduce the risk of injury by an impressive 90%. This study comes from researchers at the University of British Columbia who found that protected bike lanes make a huge difference to cyclist safety. The study was published […]

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Apr, 2019

Urban Planning vs Urban Design – Breaking Down the Differences

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Urban design and urban planning are related but different in fundamental ways.  Urban planning is the act of planning the structures of a city, including its policies, infrastructure, neighborhoods, building codes, and regulations. Urban planning, by definition, is the “planning of city strategies, structures and policies.” The focus is more technical and political, and is on the strategy, structure, and policy level. On the other hand, urban design is the creation of city features based on plans. It includes everything from public space to infrastructure, as well as transportation, landscapes, […]

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Mar, 2019

Tips to Make Cities More Energy Efficient

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Developing more energy efficient cities remains a top priority in the US, as well as around the world. There are many ways cities can promote greener and more energy efficient practices, such as developing energy-efficient targets, tracking and reporting progress, and offering grants, rebates and other financial incentives. In addition, they can host competitions with awards, offer technical training on how to implement the latest green building techniques free of charge, and partner with local utilities to create wiser energy efficiency goals. 3 Simple Ways to Make Your City More […]

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Mar, 2019

NYC is Creating Safer Intersections for Cyclists, Here’s How

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According to ny.curbed.com, nearly 90% of bike collisions occur at intersections. The Department of Transportation (DOT) is on a mission to change that with unique designs and revised guidelines for developing intersections. One of the most important places to institute these changes is in New York City, where there are over 1,000 miles of bike lanes that traverse through the city. Every year since 2015, at least 50 more miles of bike lanes have been added to the list. DOT’s ultimate goal is to reduce fatalities to zero – known […]

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Mar, 2019

27 Inspirational Pedestrian Plazas in New York City

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Over the last decade, New York City has received a lot of attention for their redesigned pedestrian plazas. That’s because they’ve turned once unwalkable and wasted spaces into beautiful stretches of open space where locals can go for a leisurely stroll, gather with friends and simply enjoy the magnificent city. Plus, these spaces are far safer than they were in the past thanks to their ingenious designs.  At TerraCast Products, we are proud to share our planters, lighting fixtures and site furnishings are used in many of the pedestrian plaza […]

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Feb, 2019

Rethinking Urban Spaces: Innovative Design Ideas for Safer and More Productive Cities

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Urban spaces are changing before our very eyes. Ongoing research continues to prove that our current urban spaces are unsafe and often lead to social problems. It is so important that we rethink urban design because it’s actually rather dangerous not to. In fact, as of 2013, over 270,000 pedestrians lost their lives on our roadways, making up 22% of the 1.24 million deaths that occur out on the road each year. 6 Ways to Rethink Urban Spaces for the Better We’ve been fortunate enough to work on some large […]

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Feb, 2019

The Most Overlooked Way You Can Improve Bike Lane Safety

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Looking for ways to improve bike lane safety? Many cities around the world are searching for better and safer ways to implement bike lanes. Luckily, there are many successful examples you can take inspiration from. Some of the most commonly discussed ways to improve bike lane safety include widening bike paths or adding solid bollards as a protective barrier. Although, there is one key way to reduce injuries to cyclists, as well as auto drivers, that is often overlooked and ignored. It’s to reduce vehicle speed. Reducing Vehicle Speeds Can […]

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