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Dubai to get more smart pedestrian signals



After a successful trial phase on Al Saadah Street, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has decided to expand its use of smart pedestrian signals.

According to officials, 15 new smart pedestrian signals will be installed throughout the city. Al Barsha, City Walk and Al Rigga are just three of the districts that will be feature the crossings, aimed at supporting Dubai’s mission of becoming the smartest city in the world.

The smart pedestrian signals use sensors that are connected to a ground optical system which allows it to synchronise to the signal’s light operation. As a result, it ensures safe crossing for pedestrians without impacting the movement of vehicles.

Speaking on the news Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency said: “The system is bound to raise the safety of pedestrians who need a time longer than the average crossing time such as seniors, people of determination, and people with luggage or strollers.”

She added: “It will also improve the vehicular flow as a result of eliminating the pedestrian mode in case no pedestrians are detected on the pavement which offers additional time to motorists.”

Increasing the use of smart pedestrian signals is the RTA’s latest initiative aimed at improving road safety in the city.

In August last year, officials painted three large smiling emojis on Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed road.

The smileys are accompanied by the phrase “Drive safely” which has been translated in Arabic, English and Urdu. Aside from raising awareness about road safety, the project, commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, aims to spread happiness among road users.

It also aims to encourage road users to call 80088889 should they spot any road damage that requires emergency maintenance.

A few months later, government officials painted a section of Sheikh Zayed Road red to alert drivers of a change in speed limit.

It also formed part of the RTAs “Safe and Smooth Transport for All” initiative as well as its Traffic Safety Strategy which aims to have zero road accident fatalities within the Emirate.

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