Do-It-Yourself Traffic Control for Special Events
Large parties, fundraisers and festivals take a lot of planning, and it doesn’t end when you’ve lined up the food service, decorations and entertainment. Special events call for special traffic control, whether you need to reconfigure an existing parking area, or transform a section of your property into a short-term parking lot.
Hiring valets, flaggers or parking attendants can greatly help to keep vehicles (and pedestrians) moving smoothly and in the right direction, but sometimes a little structural help can come in handy, too. Delineating the boundaries and directional flow of parking spaces, aisles and walkways keeps confusion and stress levels to a minimum, and can help your guests to both start and end the event on a high note.
Here are a few simple ways to ensure successful traffic and pedestrian flow at your special event:
Direct Vehicle Flow
Delineating poles are also useful for separating “front row” areas reserved for catering vans, deliveries, photographers and VIP vehicles from general parking areas, so that impatient guests don’t swoop into parking spots that are reserved for those who require the most up-front, convenient access to the venue.
Create Designated Parking Spaces
Even if designating an entire lot’s worth of parking spots isn’t feasible, consider using just a few parking stops to denote reserved spots for disabled individuals in need of Accessible spaces, or VIPs and guests of honor. To make it extra clear who the spaces are reserved for, the parking blocks can be easily spray-paint stenciled with names or emblems.
A secondary benefit to portable speed bumps is that some of them can double as cable and hose protectors, thanks to built-in channels that run end to end. In the event that you need to run power cords, hoses or air lines across the path of vehicle traffic, just cover them up with speed bump cord protectors, and anchor into place. Cars, trucks and golf carts can then drive safely over, without crushing or causing damage to the cables beneath.
Define Pedestrian Walkways
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