A busy intersection in Melbourne’s CBD is home to the city’s first street level traffic lights.
With the recent female traffic lights making their new homes around various parts of Melbourne it comes as a shock that Melbourne has become home to yet another set of revolutionary traffic lights.
Four sets of traffic lights have been installed in the footpath at the corner of Little Collins Street and Swanston Street to help pedestrians distracted by their mobile phones avoid accidents at busy intersections.
More than 30 pedestrians are killed on Victoria’s roads while another 600 pedestrians are badly injured a year pushing the State Government and the TAC to look at new technology. The street-level traffic lights will undergo a one year trial to see if it reduces the accidents caused between pedestrians and drivers.
Melbourne pedestrians showed great interest in the idea of street level traffic lights.
Georgia, a local pedestrian expressed her interest in the new street level traffic lights.
“It’s an interesting idea, it will definitely help who are absorbed and become too distracted when they look at their phones or whatever they’re doing, especially in this day and age where there are so many distractions and things going on,” said Georgia
Georgia also expressed her concerns with the street level traffic lights and their viability during the day.
“It’s not really noticeable during the day, these traffic lights are only really noticeable when it’s later in the day, They are good at night but have issues during the day because you can’t see them, so need to find a way to get them to work during the day.”
If the results are positive, these new traffic lights will be placed at other busy intersections around Melbourne.
These street level traffic lights have been implemented in other parts of the world including Germany and South Korea in an attempt to lower the accidents between pedestrians and drivers caused by the same problems.
The trial will cost $120,000.