SINGAPORE: Elderly residents in Lengkok Bahru will have more peace of mind when crossing the roads, with a series of new senior-friendly road safety features installed within the estate. Lengkok Bahru is the seventh completed Silver Zone in Singapore.
The Silver Zone, which was launched on Sunday (Jan 24), will have new road safety features which include two-stage crossings so elderly pedestrians can rest momentarily before continuing to cross the road, and extended green man timings. Lane widths have also been reduced to encourage motorists to travel at lower speeds.
The raised informal crossing, which is a raised platform similar to a bus-friendly hump helps to slow traffic as pedestrians cross the road. (Photo: Land Transport Authority)
"Lengkok Bahru is probably one of the older precincts in Singapore so a very high percentage of residents are elderly,” said MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Chia Shi-Lu. "Aside from that, we also have a school nearby and an enabling village, which is part of the SgEnable eco-system where we cater for people with physical disabilities. So quite a lot of concern has been raised over the past few years to myself in terms of road safety and pedestrian safety."
The Land Transport Authority said it intends to implement 35 Silver Zones in residential estates by 2020. These are likely to be estates with a higher population of seniors and a relatively higher accident rate involving seniors.