“The Smart Crosswalk”

“The Smart Crosswalk”

Ever felt like a crosswalk signal did not give you enough time to cross a street? Well, Singapore is taking a unique approach to address this problem. Singapore is now offering “a system to give certain pedestrians more time to cross.”

Singapore city planners have created this new Green Man Plus technology, which uses a special card like a “smart-trip” only for qualified individuals that will automatically call for additional time at pedestrian crosswalk.  The pedestrian taps the card right above the button you would press to change the signal. Once the card reader recognizes the card, it will add 3 to 13 seconds, depending on the size of the crosswalk, to the crossing signal. The signal will alert the pedestrian that time was added by making a sound and causing the card reader to light up. Qualified individuals include seniors or people with disabilities. Currently, the program is still in the pilot stage but Singapore’s Land Transit Authority (LTA) hopes to have 495 working green man signals running by the end of 2015.

Sounds like a great idea, perhaps we could use this here in the White Flint area. Let us know what you think about this new crosswalk system.  And, don’t forget that we talking about pedestrian/bicycling safety at our Friends of White Flint meeting next week!  Read more about it by clicking here.

Rebecca Hertz

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Rebecca Hertz is the Assistant Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts in 2012. She completed her Master’s Degree from Clark University, as well, in Community Development and Planning in 2013. She is interested in how built environments impact the health and growth of communities. Prior to this role, she worked as a youth worker and mentor for several non-profit organizations in Maryland and Massachusetts. She grew up in Rockville, MD and has recently moved back to the region.

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