📩 06/11/2022 12:36
The project, developed and implemented by the teams of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, makes it easy for people who have difficulty in using the touch pedestrian buttons, to cross the street.
In traffic signaling systems, pedestrian buttons mounted on traffic lights are used so that people can cross by using pedestrian crossings. Especially those who have vision and limb loss and who have to use a wheelchair have serious problems in pressing these buttons.
The application called "Ground Pedestrian" was developed by the technical teams of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Transportation Department, which is working on a different application to be used instead of the buttons that pose a risk to health due to human contact. In the application, which was first started in Nilüfer district, Özlüce Mahallesi Ahmet Taner Kışlalı Boulevard, a yellow and black platform with the inscription "Wait on it to cross it" was placed on both sides of a pedestrian crossing with a traffic light. The system, which is activated when you stand on it, detects the pedestrian within 2 seconds and after the audible warnings, the green light is on for the pedestrians.
It is aimed to set an example for the projects in other provinces of the platform, which the visually impaired can reach with a white cane thanks to the yellow-colored floor tracking stones on the sidewalks, making the life easier for pedestrians using baby carriages or with full hands.
Buttons are also risky in terms of health
Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktaş said that the buttons used in traffic signaling systems work by giving an audible warning, especially for the visually impaired. Stating that these are called "disabled pedestrian buttons" or "accessible pedestrian buttons", President Aktaş said, "Accessible pedestrian buttons in our country and around the world are mounted on signal poles, and they are in a structure that creates demand when the button on it is pressed manually." President Aktaş stated that people still show great sensitivity, especially at the point of physical contact, due to the Kovid-19 epidemic, and that the contact of thousands of people every day creates serious problems.
Stating that the existing pedestrian buttons are not useful for both health and the disabled, Aktaş said, “To eliminate these problems, our teammates developed the 'Pedestrian Pedestrian' project. We actually broke new ground in Turkey. In all of our research, both in our country and in the world, the application related to this is usually on the buttons directly above it. He may have come to the designated points to cross with his wheelchair, he may have come on foot, if he steps on the platform, the system detects it within 2 seconds and immediately activates his request regarding the crossing. It is a project developed entirely by our local and national teammates. At the points where the pedestrian circulation of the city is high and the students are high, our friends will start the application quickly," he said.
“It is not something that can be known without living”
Emre Fencioğlu, who is visually impaired who tried the application, stated that the project is a good application for all disabled groups, mothers with babies and disadvantaged elderly people. Explaining that it was inevitable for them to need someone's support while crossing the street, but they could not always find this support, Fencioğlu said, “The practice here is a little different. Normally, when we come by following the base tracking stone, if there is a traffic light, first of all, we do not know how it works. Imagine it's a place you're visiting for the first time. We will look for a button on it, find the button and press it, but there is no such need here. When you come by following the base tracking stone, you go above the system and after a certain time it warns you and guides you. This is a great blessing in a place where people come for the first time, where they don't know anyone, where they live alone. It is not something that can be known from life. When you look at it this way, it also makes a difference.”