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  • Seoul Makes Full-Scale Launch to Establish Pedestrian-Safe Culture in 2021

  • Transport News SMG 2036

    Enough is enough! Stay off the sidewalk! Electric scooters, motorcycles, and bicycles should be driven safely and off sidewalks in consideration of pedestrians.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will officially begin amending ordinances, enforcing trial projects and launching an extensive public-private-police campaign starting in March to reinforce pedestrian safety and establish a pedestrian safety culture that aims for the beautiful coexistence of pedestrians, bicycles and personal mobility (PM).

    A push for amendment of regulations that limit the driving speed of PM to 20 km/h will be made to protect the safety of both pedestrians and PM users.

    However, grades will be applied to speed limits for different roads to guarantee the rights of PM users within the scope where PM does not obstruct pedestrian safety.

    Furthermore, an amendment of the Enforcement Decree of the Road Traffic Act will be requested for the immediate towing of illegally parked PM on sidewalks that hinder pedestrians without proactive fines.

    A pilot operation of designated low-speed lanes in parallel with bicycle lanes within downtown green transportation zones will also be examined. The designated low-speed lane system will assign the speed limit of the far-right lane on roads with three or more lanes to 20 km/h for the safe transportation of bicycles and PM.

    In addition to the Safe Speed 5030 project that limits traffic speed to 50 km/h for main roads and 30 km/h for side streets, the SMG will lower the speed limit to 20 km/h for priority zones (i.e. silver, disability and school zones) and side roads of residential areas as part of its Seoul-type Safe Speed 532 project that aims to create utmost safe environments.

    The SMG will continue to make efforts for pedestrian safety this year. The city will begin the pedestrian safety street campaign in partnership with civil volunteer groups of autonomous districts, police stations, and local PM enterprises. The campaign will be held in small groups of 3 to 5 individuals in compliance with disease control and prevention measures, and contactless projects, such as online advertisements and media, will be held until the end of this year.

    Seoul Makes Full-Scale Launch to Establish Pedestrian-Safe Culture in 2021
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