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In-road warning lights installed in Cape Town to encourage better driving behaviour

The City of Cape Town’s Urban Mobility Directorate has installed new in-road warning lights at two pedestrian crossings along Buitengracht Street in an effort to encourage better driving behaviour in the city.

These intersections are part of major pedestrian routes between Green Point and the CBD and are also frequented by tourists.

The in-road warning lights were first considered for implementation during the 2010 Fifa World Cup hosted in South Africa, “as there was a need to provide pedestrians with a safe passage over Buitengracht when walking between the CBD and the V&A Waterfront,” said councillor Rob Quintas, the city’s mayoral committee member for urban mobility.

“Reinstalling these lights forms part of our efforts to renew City infrastructure that has worked effectively in the past and to incorporate innovative transport nudging techniques which is a popular way of encouraging better driver behaviour across major international cities worldwide.”

This strategy is the latest in a long line of initiatives that the City of Cape Town has implemented to improve the levels of safety on its roads, shortly following the installation of new traffic lights at selection intersections as well as the announcement of the planned construction of South Africa’s first “Sky Circle”.

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According to Quintas, the new in-road warning lights were installed to reduce the occurrence of drivers stopping beyond the solid white line and ending up in the pedestrian crossing.

“The purpose of the red in-road warning lights is to create a visual barrier ahead of the pedestrian crossing line so that drivers get the message that stopping beyond the lights is not allowed,” he said.

The lights were installed as a pilot project after gaining approval from the national minister of transport, and if successful, the City of Cape Town will encourage the country’s minister of transport to include the lights in the Southern African Development Community Road Traffic Signs Manual (SADC-RTSM).

The SADC-RTSM is a standardised set of signs and markings which countries within the SADC region must follow by law, including in South Africa.

“The adoption of lane lights within the national road traffic signs manual will allow us to implement this light system at other major intersections where this problem exists,” said Quintas.

“The City of Cape Town intends to motivate for the in-road warning lights system to be adopted in the SADC-RTSM and rolled out at other major intersections within the Cape Town CBD.”



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