Friday, May 10, 2013

Think of needs of pedestrians

6 May 2013

Editor, Forum Page
Straits Times

The Police reported that 50 people are killed each year while crossing
the road. 

I suggest that our traffic lights control system should also be designed
with the needs of pedestrians in mind.

I have tried to cross certain stretches of roads, such as Shenton Way or
Orchard Road, and the vehicles seem  to be flowing continuously. 

The traffic lights at the junctions or overhead bridge may be too far away 
for pedestrians to walk to.

It will be useful for the traffic lights to be synchronized to allow 1 minute for
passengers to cross the road. This could mean that all vehicles should be
stopped during this time.

It could be less costly than building overhead bridge or pedestrian tunnels,
and more convenient for passengers.

The only negative impact is that motorists will have to waste one minute, but
they do have to waste the time anyway in congested roads.
Let the needs of pedestrians, especially the elderly, be considered in our
planning of the traffic flow.

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