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    Urban trail lighting

    Does anyone have experience in lighting in-town trails? We are thinking of a muted, solar-powered, bollard system. Something that would not allow spill-over light, that would just provide security and increase trail usage at night.

    What we're looking for is info re: general experiences with trail lighting; manufacturers and distributors of trail lighting systems; trail lighting specifications (spacing of lights, etc); and studies analyzing increased usage and security resulting from trail lighting.

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    Quote Originally posted by randy2029
    Does anyone have experience in lighting in-town trails? We are thinking of a muted, solar-powered, bollard system. Something that would not allow spill-over light, that would just provide security and increase trail usage at night.

    What we're looking for is info re: general experiences with trail lighting; manufacturers and distributors of trail lighting systems; trail lighting specifications (spacing of lights, etc); and studies analyzing increased usage and security resulting from trail lighting.
    We're using the Hanover bollard light along our bikepath along lake erie. It's sort of a lighthouse design, which goes well being along the water. You may want to check out their other bollard-lights. Keep in mind that they are more expensive to maintain than the path/trail.
    http://www.hanoverlantern.com/
    also check
    http://www.nextag.com/buyer/outpdir....g&node=2700400
    and
    http://www.thelightingcenter.com/products/196/
    Hope this helps.
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    From the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center:
    Lighting

    Shared use paths in urban and suburban areas often serve travel needs both day and night, for example commuter routes and trails accessing college campuses. Fixed source lighting improves visibility along trails and at intersections, and is critical for lighting tunnels and underpasses. The AASHTO guide recommends using average maintained illumination levels of between 5 and 22 lux, and the Florida DOT recommends 25 as the average initial lux.
    http://www.bicyclinginfo.org/de/shar...s.htm#lighting
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