Thanks to an article “One Fatal accident, many questions.” by Mr. Hank Fook Kwang, Managing Editor of Straits Time and Dr. Chin Kian Keong, the Cycling Champion in LTA, I had a special opportunity to share my study of the “Deadly junction” with the Road Safety and Road Engineer team in LTA yesterday. The Safety team is responsible to identify and recommend improvements and the Road Engineer is the one who implement the changes. I really appreciate the valuable time the team spent with me since they have to attend to 14,000 feedback a year.
I have yet to receive an acknowledgement of my feedback from LTA, but the team seems to agree to the risks mentioned in my last blog entry “Don’t blame the user if the design is bad.“.
Risks at the “Deadly junction”:
1) right turning cars whose drivers are stressed to avoid collision with on coming cars, and may miss a pedestrian crossing the road on his right hand side
2) left turning HGVs (with large blind spot) whose drivers can’t see pedestrian at the round
3) today’s road users are more distracted by mobile devices.
Further, I share the inspiration from road junctions design in other major cities, including Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto), Hong Kong, New York, and Amsterdam. Japan is particularly relevant because a lot of cyclist use the pavement (legally), similar to cyclist using walking way in Singapore (illegally).
Here is the link to the file shared: