News >

LTA to roll out safety zones for the elderly

Image
ROYSTON SIM on 12 Mar 2014

Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Share

Facebook Email


KEEPING THE ELDERLY SAFE ON ROADS


THE Land Transport Authority (LTA) will introduce safety zones in five housing estates, in a bid to make the roads safer for elderly pedestrians.


Named “silver zones”, these areas will be fitted with safety measures such as speed humps to slow vehicles down, centre dividers with railings to deter jaywalking and signs to alert motorists.


Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim announced yesterday that the zones will be tested in five towns with a high elderly population and relatively high accident rates involving the aged.


The estates to get the silver zones by year’s end are Yishun, Jurong West, Bukit Merah, Marine Parade and Bedok.


Dr Faishal said in Parliament: “We are particularly focused on improving road safety for the elderly, who are over-represented in pedestrian accidents.”


He noted that although elderly pedestrians make up only 16 per cent of the total, they account for 40 per cent of all pedestrian fatalities.


The elderly population is also growing on average by 32,000 each year, he said.


His ministry will look at adding these zones in other estates if the safety measures prove useful.


Yishun resident K. Rajandra, 83, welcomed the news. He noted that traffic is heavy in the estate, and called for roads to be better lit at night so motorists can spot pedestrians more easily.


On road safety, Dr Faishal said the LTA will tighten the criteria for a nine-year programme for accident-prone areas.


From this year, an area with 12 accidents over three years will be marked as a “black spot”, down from 15 accidents. The LTA treats these accident-prone spots with measures such as controlled right-turn arrows.


The stricter criteria will increase the locations under the programme by 11 per cent, from 90 today to about 100.


Cycling and the safety of cyclists also featured prominently in yesterday’s budget debate for the Ministry of Transport, with six MPs raising the issue.


Ms Irene Ng (Tampines GRC) called for urgent action to make the roads safer for cyclists, and for “an integrated and coordinated” strategy for cycling as a mode of transport.


Non-Constituency MP Yee Jenn Jong urged that cycling be made safer and more comfortable, while Dr Janil Puthucheary (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC) asked if a target could be set for cycling as a primary mode of commuting.


Replying, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said he does not see the rationale in setting a target, and questioned if “people really want it that way”.


He added that cyclists are safest when segregated from motorists, and also from pedestrians.


Dr Faishal said cycling paths will be built in Bishan, Bukit Panjang and Woodlands, to bring the number of cycling towns to 15.


On cycling safety, he said the Singapore Road Safety Council is leading an initiative to design and implement a voluntary cyclist education programme, which will have customised lessons for different groups of cyclists, such as students and commuting cyclists.


Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

The views, material and information presented by any third party are strictly the views of such third party. Without prejudice to any third party content or materials whatsoever are provided for information purposes and convenience only. Council For The Third Age shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising directly or indirectly howsoever in connection with or as a result of any person accessing or acting on any information contained in such content or materials. The presentation of such information by third parties on this Council For The Third Age website does not imply and shall not be construed as any representation, warranty, endorsement or verification by Council For The Third Age in respect of such content or materials.