Development and Evaluation of Traffic Calming Scheme in the Vicinity of Schools in Malaysia: Site Selection Process. MRR08/2008

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Muhammad Marizwan Abdul Manan Alvin Poi Wai Hoong
Jamilah Mohd Marjan
Ahmad Farhan Sadullah
Muhammad Heeza Hassan (JKJR, Kuala Lumpur)
Norzilawaty Abdul Samad (JPJ, Putrajaya)

MRR 08 2008.pdf
The safety of school children walking to and from school is a major concern to parents, teachers, schools, public works, law enforcement and the general community. Relevant agencies need to play a major role in identifying problems and implementing improvements to mitigate child pedestrian injuries around schools. These include traffic engineering approaches to improve the safety of school children walking along or crossing busy streets around school areas. Though the 1995-2005 period revealed a decreasing trend in child pedestrian casualties around school areas in Malaysia, the number of casualties remains relatively high, constituting on average 10% of the national pedestrian casualties.

The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) has taken the initiative to develop and evaluate a traffic calming scheme for implementation around school areas. A pilot study is proposed for Federal Route 5 in the district of Pontian, Johor where the number of child pedestrian casualties is found to be the highest. Based on a site survey, school environment attributes were collected and summarized according to type of school.

Based on a criteria of least safe facility for pedestrian crossing, four schools have been identified to serve as study locations where the proposed traffic calming scheme will be implemented. They are (1) Sekolah Agama (Arab) Bugisiah; (2) Sekolah Kebangsaan Pulai Sebatang; (3) Sekolah Kebangsaan Api-Api; and (4) Sekolah Menengah Api-Api. This report discusses the road safety problems of child pedestrians, the identification of a suitable traffic calming scheme and the criteria for selection of study locations.

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