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.