Smarter Roads: Five benefits of new crossing tech being rolled out across Melbourne

06 July 2021

The Department of Transport is making pedestrian crossings safer, smarter and more reliable by installing high definition detectors in the west, east and south-east of Melbourne’s. 

Introducing new pedestrian crossing technology is part of a $340 million Smarter Roads program that’s focusing on uplifting traffic technology assets on our roads to keep people moving. This new technology benefits drivers, pedestrians and cyclists and is being installed at 75 signalised crossings across Melbourne. 

1. Detects pedestrians and cyclists in real time

The pedestrian sensors are driven by high-definition cameras that not only eliminate the need to press the button but will also measure how many people are waiting to cross or are already crossing. This new hardware is mounted on existing traffic lights and uses infra-red or high definition video detectors facing the road pedestrians are crossing.

These sensors will also provide us with new data on pedestrian traffic patterns that we haven’t had before, whilst also ensuring the highest level of privacy for the community.

2. More time to cross for bigger groups

The advanced crossing software senses how many pedestrians are waiting to cross and adapts the crossing time depending on the size of the group. This reduces wait times for pedestrians by allowing people to move more frequently when a large group is detected. It also reduces the risk of pedestrians spilling out on to the roadway if it is a particularly busy crossing.

Children crossing the road at a school crossing3. Reduces unnecessary delays for drivers

Advanced sensor technology results in greater traffic flow and traffic is not unnecessarily delayed. The sensors ensure that longer crossing times are not triggered when a small number of pedestrians are waiting.

Normally pedestrian crossings are pre-programmed at locations like schools for pick-up and drop-off times. Sometimes these programmed crossing times are in place during school holidays causing drivers’ unnecessary delays. This does not happen with dynamic pedestrian crossings as they respond to pedestrian activity in real time. 

4. Safer right turn signals

Many of the signalised crossings benefiting from the new technology have right turn signals. When the new sensor technology is in place the red light is held for vehicles turning right when pedestrians are detected. This removes the conflict between pedestrians and right turn vehicles and improves safety for everyone.

5. Keeps everyone moving in busy pedestrian spots

This technology is particularly useful near busy locations, like schools and train stations, where pedestrian numbers vary dramatically during peak hours. The sensors will only extend crossing time when there are larger groups of students or commuters waiting or crossing, outside of those times, traffic can flow freely. We have already seen pedestrian wait times drop by an average of 25 seconds at one of our trial sites.

Children crossing the road at a school crossingWhere are dynamic pedestrian crossings being rolled out?

Intersections and suburbs below:

  • Millers Road / Duosa / Marigold, Altona North
  • Wells Rd/Chelsea Heights Hotel, Aspendale
  • Balaclava/Orrong, Balaclava
  • Balaclava/Kooyong, Balaclava
  • Balaclava/Hawthorn, Balaclava
  • MOUNTAIN HWY/HIGH/VALENTINE, Bayswater
  • Mountain Highway / Station Street, Bayswater
  • Clyde/Kangan, Berwick
  • PHE/Manuka/Bryn Mawr, Berwick
  • Clyde/Mansfield/Langmore, Berwick
  • Boronia Rd/Tormore Rd/Narcissus Ave, Boronia
  • Nepean/McLeod/Station, Carrum
  • Centre/Clarinda/Huntingdale, Clarinda
  • Clayton/Carinish – Ped area, Clayton
  • Clyde-Five Ways/Waterman, Clyde
  • Berwick-Cranbourne/Morrison/Mackillop, Clyde/Clyde North
  • South Gippsland/Camms, Cranbourne
  • Narre Warren-Cranbourne/Kingdom, Cranbourne
  • PHW (LONSDALE)/WALKER, Dandenong
  • PHE/FOSTER, Dandenong
  • Walker (George)/Ruddock, Dandenong
  • Stud/Herbert, Dandenong
  • PHE (LONSDALE)/SCOTT/LANGHORNE, Dandenong
  • Clow St (nr)& Cleeland St, Dandenong
  • Hallam Nth/James Cook, Endeavour Hills
  • Heatherton/Power, Endeavour Hills
  • Nepean/Davey (outside Zones 5 and 6), Frankston
  • High St Rd/Gallaghers, Glen Waverley
  • Springvale/Waverley, Glen Waverley
  • Ferntree Gully/Watsons/Strada, Glen Waverley
  • Waverley/Aristoc, Glen Waverley
  • PHE/Fitzgerald/Hinrichsen, Hallam
  • Hallam/Coral/Fordholm, Hampton Park
  • Thompsons/Rosebank, Hampton Park
  • Pound/Vanessa, Hampton Park
  • Warrigal/Bernard, Heatherton
  • Nepean/Highett/Rowan (outside Zones 5 and 6), Highett
  • Derrimut Road / Warringa Drive, Hoppers Crossing
  • Derrimut Road / Werribee Plz Access 3, Hoppers Crossing
  • Heaths Rd / Werribee Plz Access 1, Hoppers Crossing
  • Heaths Rd / Werribee Plz Access 2 / Glendale Crt, Hoppers Crossing
  • Cheltenham/Corrigan, Keysborough
  • Dingley Arterial/Chapel, Keysborough
  • Lwr Dandenong/Thrift Park Exit, Mentone
  • South/TAFE College, Moorabbin
  • Nepean/Station/Keiller, Moorabbin
  • Lower Dandenong/Hargrave/Car Park Access, Mordialloc
  • NEPEAN NR CENTREWAY, Mordialloc
  • Monash/Forster, Mount Waverley
  • High St Rd/Stephensons, Mount Waverley
  • Stephensons/Virginia, Mount Waverley
  • Stephensons/Waverley, Mount Waverley
  • Monash/Police, Mulgrave
  • Murrumbeena/Neerim (outside Zones 5 and 6), Murrumbeena
  • Narre Warren Nth/Magid/Ryelands, Narre Warren
  • Pound/Seebeck, Narre Warren South
  • Melbourne Road / Mason Street, Newport
  • PHE/Chandler/Elonera, Noble Park
  • Corrigan/Lightwood, Noble Park
  • Chandler/Douglas/Railway, Noble Park
  • Wells Rd/Enterprise, Notting Hill
  • Blackburn/Normanby, Notting Hill
  • Thompson/Lakeview SC, Patterson Lakes
  • Main Street  / Murnong Street, Point Cook
  • Bluff Rd nr Abbott (outside Zones 5 and 6), Sandringham
  • Point Cook Road NR Catherine Street North, Seabrook
  • Point Cook Road NR Catherine Street South, Seabrook
  • SPRINGVALE/LIGHTWOOD, Springvale
  • Tarneit Road / Good News College, Tarneit
  • Sayers Road/Marquands Road, Truganina
  • Mountain Hwy/Boronia, Wantirn
  • SYNNOT STREET / BRIDGE STREET (4 DETECTORS), Werribee
  • SYNNOT STREET / DUNCANS ROAD (4 DETECTORS), Werribee
  • SYNNOT BTN WEDGE & BRIDGE (2 DETECTORS), Werribee
  • Ferguson Street NR Kororoit Creek Road, Williamstown

 

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