City Testing Pedestrian Lighting System




City Testing Pedestrian Lighting System



Contact:  Tyler Christoff, Senior Project Manager, Engineering/Asset Management Department, 970-544-3143 or

Aspen, Colorado – August 13, 2013 – The City of Aspen is testing a prototype pedestrian lighting system on Garmisch and Main Streets the evenings of August 14 and 15 in an effort to maximize pedestrian visibility for drivers while limiting aesthetic impacts on Aspen’s historic Main Street corridor. 

In the past the City has not garnered public support for more common forms of pedestrian lighting due to aesthetic, historic and maintenance concerns.  The test this week will feature new technology being developed by 3M, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Intriguing Lighting and the City of Aspen.  The prototypes that will be used are bollard luminaries, which will be mounted along the crosswalk corners.  These bollards aim to achieve high levels of vertical illumination while maintaining lower levels in the foreground and background areas of the road.

“Traditional pedestrian safety solutions have been difficult to apply to Aspen’s Main Street corridor,” said Tyler Christoff, Senior Project Manager for the City of Aspen.  “This partnership with lighting experts from 3M and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has allowed us to take a creative look at pedestrian safety.  This trial system seeks to create higher pedestrian visibility while balancing the public’s concerns.  While this is a simple concept we believe it can have major safety impacts.  As always community feedback will be welcome and critical to vetting this system.”

During the test there will be experts from the the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Lighting Research Center performing illumination measurements, as well as representatives from Aspen and its partner organizations handing out questionnaires to users about their preferences and feelings on the prototype.  The City will then conduct another test on Main Street and determine if the bollards are a feasible solution based on user feedback and illumination data.

The City of Aspen has gotten consistent feedback in its citizen survey that residents are concerned about safety crossing Main Street.  City Council identified pedestrian safety improvements as a top priority over the last year.


Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013