Pedestrians: LOOK Right, LOOK Left - Motorists: Give Way to Pedestrians

News Releases 14 Oct 2014 road markings road safety

“LOOK” road markings and “Give Way to Pedestrians” signs at more locations

  1. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will extend the implementation of “LOOK” road markings and “Give Way to Pedestrians” signs to more locations to remind pedestrians and motorists to look out for each other. This is part of the overall efforts to improve road safety for all road users.
  2. Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Transport, and Chairman of the Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Committee (PCSC), Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim said, “We have received positive feedback from road users, who said that these “LOOK” road markings and “Give Way to Pedestrians” signs are helpful in reminding people to practise good road safety habits. Now that these features are expanded to more locations across Singapore, I hope that more pedestrians and motorists will look out for one another, so that our roads will be made even safer for everyone.”

“LOOK” Road Markings at Zebra Crossings

  1. The “LOOK” road markings have received positive response from a perception survey conducted during the pilot in 2012. About 90% of the pedestrians surveyed said that the “LOOK” road markings introduced at four zebra crossings remind them to look out for traffic before crossing the road. Thus, “LOOK” road markings are being extended to more locations.
  2. From this quarter, pedestrians will see pairs of “eyes” on zebra crossings in school zones, reminding them to look out for oncoming vehicles before crossing the road. These “eyes” are part of the design of the “LOOK” markings that are painted at the start of the zebra crossings to remind pedestrians to check for traffic before crossing. It complements the kerb drill[1] taught in all primary schools for school children to cross the roads safely. The works to paint these road markings at about 90 zebra crossings in school zones will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015.
  3. Besides school zones, 150 zebra crossings in 10 areas[2] with high elderly populations have also been identified for implementation of the “LOOK” road markings. Works in these 10 areas have been ongoing since the third quarter of last year, and are targeted for completion by the first quarter of 2015. Please refer to Annex A for photos of “LOOK” road markings at zebra crossings.

“Give Way to Pedestrians” Signs at Signalised Junctions

  1. Besides the “LOOK” road markings, LTA will also install “Give Way to Pedestrians” signs at six more locations[3]. Works will commence this quarter and are expected to complete by first quarter of 2015. First announced during the Committee of Supply Debate 2014, the new sign has been piloted at three road junctions to provide better contrast and visibility to motorists, so that they will be more vigilant of crossing pedestrians when making right turns. Please refer to Annex B for photos of the “Give Way to Pedestrians” sign at signalised junctions.
  2. Since the implementation of these signs, more right-turning motorists have been observed to give way to crossing pedestrians.

 


[1] The kerb drill refers to the set of safety procedures that school children are taught to follow before they cross the road. 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.

[2] The 10 areas are Bedok, Bukit Merah, Ang Mo Kio, Hougang, Tampines, Toa Payoh, Jurong West, Queenstown, Geylang, and Kallang.

[3] The six junctions where the “Give Way to Pedestrians” signs will be located are: Sengkang East Way / Sengkang East Drive; Pasir Ris Central / Pasir Ris Drive 1 / Pasir Ris Street 51; Tampines Avenue 4 / Tampines Avenue 7 / Tampines Street 41; Sims Avenue / Jalan Eunos / Sims Avenue East; Aljunied Crescent / Geylang East Avenue 1 / Geylang East Central; and Choa Chu Kang Crescent / Choa Chu Kang North 7.

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