Thursday, May 05, 2016

Pedestrian crossing in Jakarta and in Singapore

I saw an interesting pedestrian crossing in downtown Jakarta. The pedestrian light was red and there was a countdown showing when it will turn green. After that, the countdown showed when it would turn red.

The waiting time for the light to change was about 30 seconds. That was acceptable.

In contrast, the pedestrian light near my house in Yio Chu Kang Road was most unhelpful. After pressing for the light, I had to wait for a long time (perhaps 2 minutes) before the light turns green for pedestrians to cross. I often crossed the road when the light was still red, as there was no approaching vehicles.

After I crossed the road, the light turned green and the vehicles stopped for the "ghosts" to cross. This is ridiculous, but I accept it to be quite part of today's Singapore.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Some of these pedestrian crossing buttons are not
wired up. They are installed to give the illusion that
the crossing is 'on demand' when in reality, the lights will
turn according to a preset time.

Test it. Just stand and watch without pushing the buttons.

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