Lifts will make overhead bridges easier for seniors to use

More elderly pedestrians who jaywalked got into accidents last year (Fewer deaths on roads, but jaywalking seniors a worry; Feb 8).

Could this be because overhead bridges do not serve this demographic well, especially if they have no lift access?

Seniors and the weak cannot cope with heavy loads and steep steps. And, with no zebra crossings or timed pedestrian crossings they can only resort to jaywalking.

Students with bulky school bags, pregnant ladies and parents with strollers, as well as people with disabilities may also find it difficult or impossible to climbthe steps.

Could the authorities consider adding lifts to more overhead bridges or constructing walkways to cater to the ageing population? That will boost safety and convenience.

Tan Keong Boon

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 14, 2018, with the headline 'Lifts will make overhead bridges easier for seniors to use'. Print Edition | Subscribe