Sunday, July 14, 2024

Pelican Crossing Now in Kathmandu

In Babarmahal, Kathmandu, a state-of-the-art traffic signal system called “Pelican Crossing” has been turned on. This completely changes how pedestrians manage signals. An important advancement in Kathmandu’s traffic control measures was made with the activation of this cutting-edge traffic management technology.

How does it work?

The term “Pelican Crossing” means Pedestrian Light Controlled Crossing. A pelican crossing is a kind of pedestrian crossing where the walk signal is located directly across the road from the pedestrian. Traffic signals are activated by call buttons for pedestrians as well as for vehicles. Typically, a Pelican crossing consists of two poles on either side of the street with three signal heads. One faces the pedestrians and one faces the driver. It also includes a call button unit that pedestrians use to activate the crossing. 

Pelican Crossing
Pelican Crossing

The Discussion

These automatic traffic lights, which are placed at different intersections throughout the Kathmandu Valley, have a feature that lets pedestrians change the signal by just pressing a button. Jagat Man Shrestha, the traffic management advisor for the Kathmandu Metropolitan City explained the functionality of the system. This creative system was installed especially in front of the Babarmahal district court in Kathmandu. The cost for the installation was one million rupees.

“Pedestrians trigger a red signal within two minutes of pressing the switch, signaling vehicles to halt and allowing safe passage,” Shrestha clarified. The green light then indicates that a vehicle is moving. By ensuring that signals meet pedestrian needs even when they are not in sync with vehicle movements, this technology seeks to promote pedestrian gathering and safe road crossing.

Future Plans

To improve pedestrian safety and traffic management in strategic areas, the metropolitan authority also intends to expand the use of this technology by erecting comparable traffic lights in front of 36 different schools in Kathmandu.

The Disadvantages

These crossings do not automatically detect pedestrians. A pedestrian must press the control button and wait for the green signal to appear in order to cross the street safely. Every time the pedestrian presses the button, the crossing changes at the same interval because of the fixed timing. 

When used correctly, this can help pedestrians cross the road more easily and is accident-prone in the event that it is not used correctly.  

Bottom Line

With the installation of “Pelican Crossing,” Kathmandu’s traffic control systems have advanced significantly, giving priority to pedestrian safety and effective traffic flow in crowded urban areas.

Reader’s Verdict

What did you think of the installation of “Pelican Crossing” in Kathmandu? Do you think the introduction of this system will revolutionize the traffic system in Nepal?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments. 

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