Reduce the waiting time at controlled crossings

A law was passed a few decades ago to make it an offense to jaywalk. All pedestrians have to go to a controlled crossing and wait for the green man to appear before crossing the road.

This law was implemented badly.

Why?

The planners created controlled crossings without proper regard for the convenience of the pedestrians.

I use a pedestrian crossing near my home. On many occasions, the road was clear but the red man appeared. I have to wait for up to 2 minutes for the green man to appear, and cross only half the road.

I have to wait again for the green man to appear on the other half of the road. It may take another 2 minutes.

Why does it take so long for the green man to appear when the road is obviously clear of traffic? Perhaps the planner was trying to synchronize with the traffic light down the road. Really?

Can they handle the algorithm in a more sensible manner? If they make a mistake in the algorithm, are the pedestrians expected to waste their time every day in waiting to cross the road?

If they are able to synchronize the timing of the green man, can they work on both sides of the road? Surely, if the pedestrian cross half the road, he will need to cross the other half almost immediately. Why force the pedestrian to wait another two minutes to cross the other half?

Initially, I observed the law on jay walking. I waited for the green man to appear.

After being delayed, for no apparent reason, for a few months, I decided to cross the road when the traffic is light, even though the red man appears. I was not booked for jay walking. It seemed that the law on jay walking is not being enforced.

What happened after I crossed? The green man appear later and the vehicles have to stop without any pedestrian using the crossing. It is crazy, but nobody cares.

I have observed that some controlled crossings in other parts of Singapore appear to respond more quickly than the crossings that I used. Perhaps, the algorithms used are different?

What is a better system? The green man should appear within half a minute. I do not think that it will inconvenience the motorists.

I have seen controlled crossings in other cities that appear quite soon after the button is pressed. Somehow, the algorithms used in controlled crossings in Singapore do not respect the convenience of the pedestrians. They  give preference to the motorists.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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13 Responses to “Reduce the waiting time at controlled crossings”

  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    Some cases if you don’t press button, the green man don’t appear. Even if it’s time for pedestrians to cross. And the timing only gor the quick. The slow will find themselves in the middle of the raod with the red man and impatient motorists revving their engines.

    These crossings favor cars not pedestrians.

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  • You again.:

    If you got no patience just cross lor… Why you only “Follow the law”

    You are bloody free indeed. Nothing to do and just write rubbish.

    We guess you are not qualified to stand for the GE, ya? Poor guy. Our advise is that you save the deposit money and spend it with your family otherwise it will be forfeited.

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  • Bapak:

    Tan, you forget the Wood’s NoUTurn joke? No car, cross lah. If the system spoilt you wait whole life there? Why wait? No wonder this country is going down. Cock!

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  • Bapak:

    Thiz is the best answer to all charges – you got permission from God.

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  • Harder Truths:

    I never waste my time waiting for the pappies to give me permission to cross the road. If there is no traffic I will cross. If the sheeple don;t like it too bah-bah bad.

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  • tan kin lian pea brained:

    anyone associating with pap ends up bad.

    look at pap lky. he didn’t die well. his family feud within 3 years of his death. why? because of the evil lky started in pap, which he then perpetuated, the sin comes back to roost, for a thousand generations.

    tan kin lian, having breathed and spoken pap evil for such a long time, has his brain damaged and fails to see the law of honest nature, which is this: when pap says stand, walk. when pap says stop, run. when pap says car lite, jolly well buy that car. when pap says cannot eat degree, die die must degree even from horseshoe U.

    so when pap traffic light says STOP, jolly well walk. of course with tan kin lian normal brain having been molded to pea brained after years lying and scheming for pap, no longer can function normally.

    ffff. as wise Singaporeans have said. pap system kills. everyone waits for pap to say Yes or No, as if everyone wants to be ffffing yesmen yeswomen pap clan member. pathetic. we mean folks such as tan kin lian. normal brain pressed into pea brain by having done evil per pap request.

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  • 5 yr old even knows:

    Perhaps the planner was trying to synchronize with the traffic light down the road. Really?

    Yes.

    this is a mechanism copied from australia…but australia has traffic light every 400 metres in built up area roads … in singapore its every 200 m at least… so it does not work properly in singapore … lazy civil servants copy everything but cant modify them

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  • Rotten Banana:

    Driver and car owners are priority. Traffic light timing is to suit them. Look at Taipei, HK and Japan the pedestrian crossing time is much longer than Singapore

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  • 70% wouldn't cross:

    Did a counting of this crossing, surprisingly 7 out of 10 don’t cross when red light.

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  • Rotten Banana:

    LTA should check the pedestrian crossing at Hougang bus terminal toward Hougang mall. The no. of pedestrians waiting under the hot sun to cross the road compared the no. of cars and buses passing through that roads. Please check the practically for residents and bus commuters when LTA to design something.

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  • Bapak:

    An they crossed the wrong box.

    70% wouldn't cross:
    Did a counting of this crossing, surprisingly 7 out of 10 don’t cross when red light.

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  • Discretionary right turn:

    The banning of discretionary if approved will create other issues also.

    The MP is not an expert in traffic systems. She thinks just because her personal experience she wants to ban it. Lacking wisdom.

    Traffic system is a complex system. For decades no one propose banning it for a good reason.

    Kiang deo hoe. Mai Gay Khiang

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  • lying pap S$m thieving liars:

    Bapak:
    Tan, you forget the Wood’s NoUTurn joke? No car, cross lah. If the system spoilt you wait whole life there? Why wait? No wonder this country is going down. Cock!

    very well said, bro. agree.

    one day in toa payoh, no U-turn sign but made U-turn. kenna letter from traffic police for making “illegal U-turn”.

    since it is pap system, meaning can be solved easily by S$, just paid the summons and continued to make U-turn.

    ffff. if forever need someone to say can or cannot, then, mati lah.

    70% sheep says for your safety if no U-turn sign you U-turn then accident.

    ffff. U-turn practically every day the only accident is pap traffic police ticket. anyway one ticket in more than 10 years. go figure about the accident lie by pap mouthed by 70% sheep.

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