Optirail is an extremely effective way of ensuring the safety of civilians from potential roadway hazards. For the ultimate in high visibility guardrail Optirail™ pedestrian guardrail system is considered to be one of the best due to the staggered arrangement of its infill bars.
The concept of staggering the infill bars was pioneered by a traffic engineer who noticed an increase in incidents on roads with deceptive bends and those with pedestrian guardrail that significantly blocked the view of anyone using the pathways.
The basic function of pedestrian guardrail is to guide pedestrians to safe crossing points. However, a drawback of using conventional standard guardrail is that at certain approach angles, the ability for the motorist to see small children or animals approaching can be obscured causing a potential safety risk at crossing points. A similar problem is presented to drivers who are turning right at junctions.
Optirail improves visibility by a factor of 3! That is three times the time to see, be seen and take evasive action!
V2 Optirail - Staggered bar system with optimum sight angle of 2.5 to 5 degrees, for use on straight roads moderate to high speeds.
V4 Optirail - Staggered bar system with optimum sight angle of 5 to 14 degrees, for use on straight roads low to moderate speeds, curves.
V8 Optirail - Staggered bar system with optimum sight angle of more than 14 degrees, for use on curves of less than 15m radius.
All Optirail models are available with vision gap feature at the top of the panel for additional visibility and have full length posts to be concrete in (rooted), however, all of our guardrail can be provided with baseplates for surface mounting.
Optirail can also be powder coated for use in locations where a twist of design or colour is required to enhance the streetscape and match other street furniture such as benches, litter bins, bollards and sign posts.