SM North Edsa Installs Signalized Pedestrian Crossing Facility

Signalized-Pedestrian-Crossing SM North Edsa Installs Signalized Pedestrian Crossing Facility -- Finally, SM North installed one vital support infrastructure for its shoppers! If you have been in the mall in the past weeks or so, you should have seen this signalized pedestrian crossing facility located at the south entrance, fronting the terminal for PUJs (Jeepneys) and AUVs (Utility Vehicles - FX). Crossing this certain part of the establishment became easier than before where, you had to wait for the signal of an assigned guard to proceed.

For the longest time of crossing the said spot, I have seen a rather aggressive attitude of motorists passing by the pedestrian crossing strip. Most of the times, you would find vehicles occupying almost half of the with of the zebra line, while the pedestrians are sort of running and zipping in between vehicles just to get to the other side.



Pedestrian crossings are basically placed at intersections or parts of a road where crossing is dangerous. They may also be found at parts of the road where large numbers of pedestrians are attempting to cross. Typical examples are shopping areas. Pedestrian crossing gathers people together, for them to be more visible to the passing motorists. The facility is there to assist the pedestrians to get though. The time cycle integrated in this traffic light makes it easier for both vehicles and pedestrians take their own turns to move.



Perhaps, in the latter times, support facilities for persons with disability will also be considered by the shopping establishments in the Metropolis. Improvements like lighting (for partially sight impaired pedestrians), audible warnings such tunes or beeps and chirps being played while a pedestrian crossing time is on, as well as vibrations and such maybe pondered upon for inclusion in any future development plans.

For the coming years, let us look forward to a much better, that is, pedestrian oriented shopping centers in Metro Manila and eventually, in the entire Philippines.

22 comments:

  1. agree! crossing that walk is so stressful with kids, for old people and pregnant ladies! it's about time this was addressed!

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  2. This is just right. It makes the place a lot safer but it is sometimes weird mahirap pa rin makita kasi nakatago. I hope the shoppers and the people visiting the place will obey this. This is for the safety of everybody.

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  3. This is good for the shoppers safety. You don't need to play run and go to the vehicles coming.

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  4. Yes, people concerned should always consider the safety of the shoppers! Although kailangan din ng disiplina on the part of the shoppers!

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  5. It's much safer to install stop lights on crossing areas especially that SM North Edsa is one of the busiest and biggest malls in Metro Manila.

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  6. this is a great idea. however, motorist should also be responsible, with or without the signs. They should know that when there is a pedestrian, those people who walk in that area should be given priority because it is a legal way for those who wants to cross the street. :)

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  7. this is a great idea!! indeed for those disabled people and people who's in a hurry. now they they know when to stop! xx

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  8. Laya,
    Indeed. I think the establishment is on the right track in adding this support facility for the pedestrians.

    Noks,
    That's the key - religious compliance with the technology and its embedded rules and regulations. Only then we can build up a commendable public infrastructure with high regards on safety.

    tatess,
    It looks like playing "patintero" most of the times. Kudos to SM nonetheless.

    Ric,
    In other words, the pedestrians should also act responsibly.

    Franc,
    Yes, but even then, the mall still has its 1-man guard aka traffic enforcer, stationed near the shop's entrance. The drivers and the crossing pedestrians still need supervision.

    Mavin,
    That is the kind of mentality that has to be instilled in us, here in the Philippines. In other countries, like Japan, pedestrians are on the highest priority. When a driver spots you, even on the mere act and direction of crossing the street, the driver will really wait until you've finally crossed.

    MaryJane,
    Although there are still lots of improvements to be done, the facility can now be enjoyed by the disabled. Perhaps in the next phase, they need to install some GO or WALK activation button so that disabled people can cross right away when the strip is free from vehicle traffic.

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  9. The first time I saw this kind of system was in Hong Kong a few years back. It's pretty sophisticated and thoughtful of SM to finally get this one. The only question is, would pedestrians actually abide by this system? Knowing Filipinos could be really stubborn and impatient at times, I still hope this will work. Its for everyone's good naman eh.

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  10. Wow! Here in the Philippines, it's never safe to cross pedestrian lanes. I don't know if the problem is in the road, or the traffic lights, or the drivers, but I must say, our system here still needs development. I think that in places where ped. lanes exist, the priority is the safety of the peds, but it's kinda opposite here.

    This is one big leap towards road safety. I hope that this will not stay in SM North EDSA itself, but to the rest of the Philippines.

    - ventocoseuss(TheToiletThoughts)

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  11. This made me remember my first experience of a Signalized Pedestrian Crossing Facility. This was back when I was in Hong Kong. It had a sound that was synchronized to the time left for pedestrians for crossing and waiting for their turn -- so this was highly effective for those who may have a problem with their vision or with their hearing. I've actually seen the closest one to it in SM MOA. Hopefully, they could install one just like it in all SM Malls.. and eventually, everywhere in the Philippines.

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  12. This is very cool! SM North lang ba?

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  13. This is good to know.

    It's interesting to read through the comments though, I have not been living in the Philippines, i.e. in Manila for almost two decades now and it seems to be that there is still lack in discipline on both the drivers and pedestrian's part.

    Hopefully, as the technology in regulating traffic improves for the safety of both drivers and pedestrian, discipline will show huge improvement, too. :)

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  14. Anything that seeks to instill order specifically in public places is always a welcome development.

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  15. It's about time they did something about it!

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  16. It is a nice initiative and I hope they will put a pedestrian lane for drinkers...just like in Thailand...lol..

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  17. Pedestrians in all time should be respected and be given priority. Their safety really is the utmost and main concern every motorist.

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  18. I hope MMDA will follow suit and install this in major places with great number of pedestrians.

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  19. glad they already had this started in our country... yup, definitely a great help to the pedestrians. i just hope people are not stubborn enough to ignore this. Yahweh bless.

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  20. wow that's really helpful! That is where I had my reviews for board exam and getting to the other side of the road was really scary back then. haha.

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  21. I definitely agree. Sana pedestrians should be disciplined enough to follow din... Seen a lot who crossed the street even the sign of jaywalking is visible...:D

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  22. it's good that there are a lot of those now. it's really dangerous to just cross anywhere.

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