Updated: 03/12/2014 00:30

Silver zones at five locations by end 2014

Silver zones at five locations by end 2014

Road safety for the elderly will be enhanced with the implementation of Silver Zones by the end of the year. 

The Silver Zones will be piloted in residential areas which have a large population of seniors and a relatively high accident rate involving the elderly. 

Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim announced this during the Committee of Supply debate in Parliament today. 

"We are particularly focused on improving road safety for the elderly, who are over-represented in pedestrian accidents. 40 per cent of all pedestrian fatalities are elderly pedestrians, although they make up only 16 per cent of the population."

For a start, five locations have been identified. 

They're sited within Bedok, Bukit Merah, Jurong West, Marine Parade and Yishun. 

The Silver Zones will have a number of road safety measures catering specifically to the elderly. 

These include a centre divider in the middle of the road for elderly to rest at, as they're crossing the road, lifts at overhead bridges for pedestrians, 

and special marking painted on footpaths to guide the elderly to the nearest pedestrian crossings.

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