10 more locations to get 'Silver Zone' treatment to improve safety for elderly pedestrians

A pinch point will be implemented in the Yishun Ring Road Silver Zone as part of the Land Transport Authority's Silver Zone Programme.
A pinch point will be implemented in the Yishun Ring Road Silver Zone as part of the Land Transport Authority's Silver Zone Programme. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
A Land Transport Authority road safety engineer (right) shows Law Minister K Shanmugam and Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Transport Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim the location along Yishun Ring Road's Silver Zone site, where a pinch poin
A Land Transport Authority road safety engineer (right) shows Law Minister K Shanmugam and Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Transport Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim the location along Yishun Ring Road's Silver Zone site, where a pinch point will be implemented.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
A map detailing Yishun Ring Road's Silver Zone site, which will be implemented as part of the Land Transport Authority's Silver Zone Programme.
A map detailing Yishun Ring Road's Silver Zone site, which will be implemented as part of the Land Transport Authority's Silver Zone Programme.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - Safety for elderly pedestrians will be improved at 10 more locations in Singapore by early 2017, through reduced road speeds and the installation of senior-friendly crossings.

With the new locations there will be 15 Silver Zones across the island.

The Silver Zone initiative targets residential areas with high populations of seniors and higher accident rates involving old folk.

Measures such as two-stage crossings, where pedestrians can look out for traffic from one direction at a time, and longer green-man timings will be implemented. Vehicular speed limits are also lowered to 40kmh.

Two Silver Zones have been completed in Bukit Merah View and Jurong West Street 52.

Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim said on Wednesday (Aug 12): "More than 90 per cent of residents surveyed in the first two completed Silver Zones felt that the senior-friendly measures - particularly the lowered speed limit and two-stage crossings - have provided them with more convenience and also improved road safety."

By the fourth quarter of this year, five more locations will get the Silver Zone treatment: Bedok North Street 3/Avenue 1/Avenue 2, Lengkok Bahru/Redhill Road/Jalan Tiong, Tampines Street 11, Woodlands Drive 14 and Yishun Ring Road.

The remaining eight locations will be enhanced progressively and include areas in Toa Payoh, Commonwealth, and Clementi.