Road safety for seniors


Silver Zone sign at Bukit Merah View.

Last year, Singapore launched the Silver Zones with enhanced road safety measures to make it convenient and safer for senior pedestrians. Two areas – Bukit Merah and Jurong West – are already completed, with three more housing estates on the island to come.

Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Health, and chairman of the Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Committee (PCSC) Associate Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim shared during the launch that seniors are “over-represented” in traffic accidents and the situation needs to be improved.

Eye-land – two-stage crossing with yellow “LOOK” markings, bold yellow line at ramp downs, bollards with highly reflective sheeting, and homogeneous tactile tiles.

He said that 40 percent of all pedestrian fatalities and 20 percent of pedestrian injuries involved seniors. A/P Faishal also added that road safety does not end with these Silver Zones and it is the “shared responsibility” of all road users.

As part of the Silver Zone, seniors can see pinch points with ramp-downs to eliminate them from stepping up or down so it’s easier on their legs and these are also helpful for persons with disabilities, and “LOOK” markings as friendly reminders for seniors to look for oncoming vehicles before crossing.

Chicane at Bukit Merah View.

In the zones, there will be extension of “Green Man” time to give seniors more time to cross, and speed limits reduced to 40km/h with signs and markings to indicate to motorists the start of the zone and to slow down. Other traffic features help to reduce vehicles speeds including chicanes, pinch points and an enlarged centre divider called an eye-land complemented with speed humps.

With Silver Zones in Bukit Merah and Jurong West completed, Silver Zones in Yishun and Bedok will be completed by the fourth quarter of this year, and Marine Parade by the second quarter of 2016. These five estates were chosen as a large number of seniors are living there and relatively high accident rates involving seniors.

(** PHOTO CREDIT: LTA)

 


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