More safe traffic zones for elderly pedestrians by 2023 after thumbs up from users

There will be more Silver Zones, such as this one in Bukit Merah View, by 2023.
There will be more Silver Zones, such as this one in Bukit Merah View, by 2023. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - After good feedback, the Land Transport Authority's Silver Zone programme for elderly-friendly road safety features is being ramped up, with 50 zones planned by 2023.

This is up from the previous plan of 35 zones by 2020.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong announced the new ramp up at the launch of the eighth and latest Silver Zone at Marine Crescent and Marine Terrace on Saturday (July 2) morning. The new Silver Zone has features to encourage traffic to slow down to make it safer for elderly pedestrians.

For instance, a mini roundabout replaces an existing T-junction along Marine Terrace to regulate turning traffic.

There are also "pinch points" where the road lane narrows to encourage drivers to slow down. At these points, the LTA has put in place courtesy crossings. These informal crossings are barrier-free and come with ramps to make it easier for seniors and those on wheelchairs to cross.