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Adelaide trials contactless pedestrian crossings

The implementation of smart technology aligns with one of the council’s strategic outcomes to ensure the city is safe and well-connected for all people and all transport modes.

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Adelaide's crossings were automated amid the pandemic but there was mixed reaction
Adelaide's crossings were automated amid the pandemic but there was mixed reaction

The City of Adelaide is the first council in South Australia to trial a new contactless pedestrian push button control, supplied by Australian company Aldridge Traffic Systems.

 

The iTouch units are being trialled at the pedestrian actuated signals on Melbourne Street in North Adelaide.

 

Use of automation

 

The trial follows the automation of all Adelaide pedestrian crossings during the Covid-19 pandemic, with many of these crossings since returning to normal operation at the council’s request.

 

More than 60 pedestrian crossings in the heart of the central business district (CBD) are still automated, however these are primarily only between the hours of 7am to 7pm.

 

The implementation of smart technology at crossings aligns with one of council’s strategic outcomes to ensure the city is safe and well-connected for all people and all transport modes.

 

“This is a great initiative as it helps keeps pedestrians safe while still delivering a positive result for those who cycle, ride a motor bike or drives a car through our streets,” said lord mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor.

“While we appreciated the benefits of full automation, with this on-demand solution you get a win for everyone in terms of safety and hygiene for pedestrians, along with reduced stops and traffic congestion for cyclists and motorists”

She added: “Councillors received mixed feedback when every city crossing was automated. Many loved the change, while some residents were frustrated by the signal noise at night, others told us they were frustrated with being stopped unnecessarily at night and early in the morning.

 

“While we appreciated the benefits of full automation, with this on-demand solution you get a win for everyone in terms of safety and hygiene for pedestrians, along with reduced stops and traffic congestion for cyclists and motorists.

 

“Just like the City of Adelaide’s UPark Plus initiative, people really appreciate the availability of contactless and convenient technology at a time like this, so I’m glad we’re conducting this trial.”

 

Should the trial be successful, councillors will have the opportunity to consider installing more of the contactless products throughout the city and North Adelaide in the future.

 

Aldridge Traffic Systems also produces a product called iTouch+ which is a pedestrian time-extender allowing seniors and disability cardholders to tap their card onto a sensor to extend crossing time. The council is looking into the feasibility of these products.

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