Touch-free crossings installed


TOUCH-FREE pedestrian crossing signals are set to be installed across the Kingston local government area.

The new signals will be installed in Aspendale at 67 Station St and 101 Station St/Laura Street, in Chelsea at Thames Prom/73 Mulkara Drive, Chelsea Heights at 217 Thames Promenade, Mordialloc at Governor Rd/26 Park Street, Cheltenham at  1 Bernard Street and 94 Bernard Street, and Clayton South at 24 Fairbank Road and 80 Fairbank Road.

Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos said that council “decided to trial touch-free pedestrian signals to help reduce any local spread of COVID-19 or other infectious diseases. The trial has found that these touch-free signals were not only effective at managing traffic, they were also easy for community members to use.”

The touchless push button has an additional sensor that helps to trigger the pedestrian crossing light without having to  touch it. 

“Touch-free pedestrian signals are safer to use than conventional buttons, as they reduce the chances of infectious diseases being transmitted and spread within the Kingston community,” Cr Staikos said.

“Kingston Council is committed and open to all suggestions that support community safety and social distancing, as we continue to guard against the spread of COVID-19.”

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 20 January 2021

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