More safety features needed on pedestrian refuge islands

Pedestrian refuge islands are aimed at making it safer for pedestrians crossing the road, but there is always the danger of a distracted or impaired motorist striking them.

I witnessed this on Jan 13 at a T-junction.

A car attempted to turn right into Choa Chu Kang Way from Choa Chu Kang Road, and landed on the triangular traffic island meant for pedestrians.

Fortunately, no one was on the island at that time.

This particular safety island did not have bollards, meaning pedestrians would have been exposed and unsafe at the intersection.

Should't all such islands have bollards or other safety features to protect those who are waiting on them?

Our roads seem designed with only motor vehicles in mind, like uncontrolled left-turn slip lanes at intersections, without adequate attention to pedestrian safety.

A concerted, combined approach is needed to consider alternative ways to protect people waiting atpedestrian islands.

Loong Chik Tong

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