Encouraging Road Users to “LOOK” Out For One Another

News Releases 01 Jun 2013 pedestrian crossing road markings road safety

LTA introduces new road markings and signs to remind
pedestrians and motorists to look out for one another

        To encourage and remind pedestrians and motorists to look out for one another, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will introduce new road markings and signs at selected locations as part of overall efforts to improve road safety.

LOOK markings at zebra crossings

2.     From June 2013 onwards, pedestrians at five selected zebra crossings will notice two extra “pairs of eyes” to remind them to look out for oncoming vehicles before they cross the road. The five zebra crossings are located at:

1.   Ang Mo Kio St 43 near Blk 447, 
            2.   Ang Mo Kio St 43 near Blk 428,
            3.   Jurong West St 52 near Blk 505,
            4.   Sin Ming Road near Sin Ming Centre, and
            5.   Bukit Merah Central

3.    These “pairs of eyes” are part of the new “LOOK” marking design painted on the road at the start of the zebra crossing to remind pedestrians to check for traffic in both directions before crossing. Besides serving as a visual reminder, this marking also complements the kerb drill1 that is taught to school children in all primary schools to help them cross the road safely. Please refer to Annex A for a photo of this marking at zebra crossings.

4.     These “LOOK” markings were implemented at four zebra crossings along Havelock Road, Telok Blangah Street 31, St George’s Road and Jurong East Street 32 in 2012. Based on a perception survey that was conducted for the four zebra crossings, some 90% of respondents found the “LOOK” marking to be useful in encouraging them to look out for traffic before crossing the road. LTA will explore more locations to implement this marking.

“Give Way to Pedestrians” signs at signalised pedestrian crossings

5.     Besides new road markings targeting pedestrians, LTA has also implemented new “Give Way to Pedestrians” signs at two signalised junctions – (i) Rivervale Lane / Rivervale Drive and (ii) Hougang Avenue 4 / Upper Serangoon Road since April 2013.

6.     These “Give Way to Pedestrians” signs are mounted on top of the traffic light pole diagonally opposite right-turning motorists to remind them that they need to look out for and give way to pedestrians as they make the turn. Please refer to Annex B for a photo of this new sign.

7.     LTA will evaluate the effectiveness of these new signs and explore if such signs can be implemented at more junctions island-wide.

8.   “Through these initiatives, we hope to encourage all road users to play their part in ensuring road safety for everyone. A simple step that goes a long way in ensuring safety on the road is for motorists to keep a proper look out for pedestrians and other vehicles. Pedestrians on their part should use designated crossing facilities and keep a lookout for oncoming vehicles, while motorists should keep to the speed limit, check their blind spots while turning or changing lanes and be more careful at areas with high pedestrian activity. We will continue to explore measures to keep our roads safe and I welcome the public to give us feedback on what more can be done in this regard,” said Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Chairman of the Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Committee (PCSC). The PCSC is an inter-agency committee set up to review safety measures on the road for pedestrians and cyclists.

9.     Besides the above two initiatives, LTA has implemented a host of other road safety measures to alert motorists to pedestrians at zebra crossings as well as signalised pedestrian crossings. Some of these measures include the Dashed Pedestrian Crossing Line, Pedestrian Crossing Ahead Markings and Intelligent Road Studs. More information on these road safety measures can be found on the LTA’s One.Motoring website at www.onemotoring.com.sg.

1 The kerb drill refers to the set of safety procedures that school children are taught to follow before they cross the road. In our local traffic context, the drill involves looking right, looking left and looking right again to ensure that there are no vehicles approaching or the vehicles have completely stopped before crossing the road.

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