'Look' signs get pedestrians to keep an eye out for traffic

If you see a pair of eyes on the road, do not be alarmed.

The new road markings, which spell out the word "look", come courtesy of the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to remind pedestrians at zebra crossings to look out for oncoming vehicles.

Yesterday, the LTA said it will be progressively adding more of the signs at pedestrian crossings, starting with five at Ang Mo Kio Street 43, Jurong West Street 52, Sin Ming Road and Bukit Merah Central - estates with many elderly residents.

The move follows positive public feedback from an initial trial last year.

New signs for drivers at the junctions of Rivervale Lane and Rivervale Drive and Hougang Avenue 4 and Upper Serangoon Road have also been in place since April.

Mounted on top of traffic light poles, they remind motorists to look out for and give way to pedestrians before making a right turn.

These measures were announced by Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim yesterday during the launch of Singapore Ride Safe. The road safety event for motorcyclists concluded the Singapore Road Safety Month.

Mr Faishal acknowledged a drop in the number of motorcyclist fatalities, from 99 in 2011 to 76 last year. But motorcyclists still formed the majority of road traffic fatalities, with three in 10 occurring on expressways. "Let us make safety a priority so that we can make it home safely every day for our loved ones," he said.

Yesterday also marked the first day of the compulsory Expressway Familiarisation Ride for all learner riders before they can get a Class 2B licence. The new requirement was first announced by Second Minister for Home Affairs S. Iswaran during the Budget debate in March.

The previously optional 100-minute course will teach riders how to correctly accelerate and decelerate in and out of expressways, change lanes and overtake other vehicles.

Mr Shukor Yatim, 45, the director of the Harley Owners Group local chapter, was part of a 1,100- strong convoy of motorcyclists flagged off by Dr Faishal to mark the event.

He said: "Sometimes people feel that riding a bike expresses their freedom, but if you don't consider safety, you'll never go home safely to your family."