We all know what a zebra crossing is, but what is a wombat crossing?Following some Playford CBD-related construction work Playford Boulevard at Elizabeth has been reopened, but with some new additions – two wombat crossings.
Wombat crossings are elevated pedestrian crossings used in a variety of road situations to slow traffic.
The crossings are a highly effective traffic-calming strategy when used together with lower speed limits in high-pedestrian-use areas such as on Playford Boulevard, which runs adjacent to the Elizabeth City Centre, Playford Civic Centre, the Grenville Centre and the new Playford CBD development. ReadWork begins Business opportunities Car park development
The two new crossings on Playford Boulevard will help ensure the safety of pedestrians travelling between these locations.
A national study published in the Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety in May this year showed that wombat crossings reduce road deaths and serious injuries by as much as 63 per cent on urban roads.Vehicles approaching wombat crossings must give way to any pedestrians using the crossings. With Prince George Plaza soon to open, we expect many pedestrians to be using these crossings, so the speed limit on Playford Boulevard will be 20 kilometres per hour.If you happen to see any wombats using the crossings, take a photograph and send it to us!