Road safety scheme targets areas with more seniors, higher accident rates involving them
Road safety features for the elderly will be installed at 10 more locations by 2019, under the award-winning Silver Zone road safety scheme.
'The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said yesterday it has identified these new sites, which include places like Chai Chee Road and Whampoa Drive. It added that the sites for another 25 zones, to be ready by 2023, will be identified later. There are now nine such zones in Singapore. Six more will be completed by next year.
In general, areas chosen for the scheme are those with a high population of senior residents, relatively higher accident rates involving seniors, and amenities which they frequent, such as wet markets.
Earlier this week, this scheme won an international award - the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award. It was selected from a pool of more than 60 nominations globally. The award was handed out by Britain's Prince Michael of Kent, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth, at an event in London on Tuesday.
Dr Chin Kian Keong, LTA's group director for transport and road operations, said: "We are extremely honoured to receive this award in recognition of the Silver Zone programme and are heartened by the strong support from the local community in Singapore.
"We will continue building on the positive feedback and expand our road safety initiatives to benefit more road users."
Prince Michael of Kent said: "The judges unanimously agreed that this initiative is a thoroughly practical approach to a growing problem of elderly pedestrians, and certainly replicable elsewhere in the world."
In Silver Zones, speed limits are reduced to 40kmh and motorists are informed through road markings, signs and "rumble" strips, which alert drivers when their wheels go over them.
Two-stage crossings are also built, so pedestrians need to check the traffic from only one direction, and have a safety refuge in the middle of the road. There are "pinch points" at these crossings, with narrower roads to get cars to slow down.
Based on traffic studies conducted, motorists driving within such zones slow down by up to 15 per cent.
· UPCOMING LOCATIONS
Elder-friendly road zones to be ready in 2018 or 2019:
• Jurong West Avenue 1
• Whampoa Drive
• Upper Boon Keng Road
• Tampines Street 32 and 33
• Lorong 5 Toa Payoh
• Woodlands Ring Road, Woodlands Drive 63 and 71
• Bukit Panjang Ring Road
• Teck Whye Lane
• Chai Chee Road
• Hougang Street 21
Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.