A tap is all seniors need for more crossing time

Media Replies 19 Feb 2011

We refer to Mr M. Lukshumayeh's letter to review the timing of the green man at major traffic junctions so as to meet the needs of the elderly and the less fit pedestrians ('Green man' too quick for the old and grey, The Straits Times Interactive, 12 Feb 2011)

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is conscious of the needs of our elderly pedestrians. To meet their needs, we generally give more green man timing at crossings where there are more vulnerable pedestrians (the elderly and physically challenged). We have also implemented the Green Man Plus scheme since October 2009 at five pilot locations near health facilities and transport nodes. This scheme allows the elderly up to five seconds more green man time when activated. The elderly can activate this function simply by tapping their senior citizen concession pass on the card readers. We are currently studying the expansion of this scheme to other locations.

At very busy major road junctions, the timings of our traffic lights need to strike a balance between traffic efficiency and pedestrian needs. This means that the timings allocated have to be effective in ensuring that vehicular traffic flow are not too severely impeded by the extra time we give to pedestrians to cross the road safely.

We thank Mr Lushumayeh for the opportunity to clarify.

Helen Lim (Ms)
Deputy Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority

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