The slow lane: Dutch app allows elderly to 'hack' traffic lights
With sensors and smartphones to make roads more flexible, Tilburg is addressing the question: how can a city become safer for less able residents?
The distance from Noud Rommen’s front door to the local shops is just 100 yards, but to get there, the 71-year-old with mobility problems must negotiate a six-lane dual carriageway with a notoriously short pedestrian crossing time.
“If I stick to the rules I can only get to the island halfway across before it turns red, so I have to press the button and wait again,” he says. “But nobody wants to do that, so you try to cut between the traffic. It’s not good, but that’s what happens.”
Source: Guardian Transport