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.