New Bukit Bintang scramble crossing to improve walkability


The Shibuya crossing in Tokyo allows hundreds of people to cross the street in all directions at the same time. A similar system is being implemented in Bukit Bintang area. — AFP

A NEW Shibuya-style “scramble pedestrian crossing” will be introduced in the busy Bukit Bintang area starting June 19.

According to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), the new pedestrian crossing, to be introduced at the intersection of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Bukit Bintang, would optimise walkability in the high traffic pedestrian area.

“Pedestrians will be allowed to cross in all directions with the change.

“This method is being implemented after a detailed study conducted by DBKL of the intersection and the area.

Location of the new scramble pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail.Location of the new scramble pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail.

“These changes make it easier for road users who pass through the road as well as reduce the risk of accidents,” DBKL said in a statement.

A scramble junction, also known as an X-crossing, is a pedestrian-crossing system that stops all vehicular traffic and allows those on foot to cross an intersection in every direction, including diagonally, at the same time.

The most famous of these intersections is the Shibuya station crossing in Japan, where hundreds of people cross the street in all directions at once.

The new pedestrian system will go live at midnight on June 19.

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