Faishal Ibrahim, Transport

Budget 2013: New committee to make roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists

A new committee will be set up to re-examine ways to make Singapore's roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim told Parliament on Wednesday that he will convene the inter-agency panel, called the Committee on Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety. It will comprise members from the Land Transport Authority, the Traffic Police and the Education Ministry.

Dr Faishal, who will chair the panel, said he will canvass the views of local communities and people in the public and private sectors before rolling out a five year plan. The committee will prioritise the safety of the elderly and school children.

First on the committee's to-do list will be safety within school zones. Besides tougher enforcement by the Traffic Police, the panel is looking into reducing speed limits around schools and providing additional measures like speed humps, flashing LED lights, more signs, and installing railings at both sides of the road in school zones.

Dr Faishal also said the authorities may test out the effectiveness of some of these measures in selected locations and put more pairs of eyes on the road to spot and stop illegal parking.

After a successful trial at Beach Road and Marine Parade Central, he said more surveillance cameras will be installed in more locations islandwide.