Up to 300 key pedestrian crossings across Queensland are set to be upgraded with new smart technology thanks to a $3 million investment by the state government.
Crossings will be fitted with sensors to detect pedestrian movement and adjust the amount of time required to cross.
The decision to roll out the smart crossings statewide follows successful trials at Broadbeach and Main Beach on the Gold Coast.
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Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the State Government will begin installing the new crossings later this year.
Locations will be prioritised based on length, high traffic and pedestrian volumes, as well as those used by mobility-impaired pedestrians and cyclists and crossings near hospitals.
“Compared with standard signalised crossings, which use a timer, these smart crossings will use sensors to detect pedestrian movement and adjust the amount of time required to cross,” Mr Bailey said.
“This means pedestrians can cross safely without having to rush, and for motorists it means less waiting when there are fewer pedestrians using the crossing.
“Importantly, these smart pedestrian crossing detectors can also hold left or right-turn red arrow signals, to protect pedestrians from turning vehicles.
“Trials at Slacks Creek, Broadbeach, Main Beach and Bundaberg demonstrated marked improvements in traffic efficiency and pedestrian safety, which is why we’re now investing $3 million through the Camera Detected Offence Program.”
Minister Bailey said about one third of all pedestrian fatalities and hospitalisations occurred at intersections.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to improving safety for pedestrians and these upgrades will go a long way to making sure pedestrians can get from A to B safer.”
In 2018, pedestrians accounted for 35 fatalities. Additionally, between 1 January and 31 August 2018, there were 228 hospitalised pedestrian casualties on Queensland roads.