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    Improving the Safety of Qianzhen Motorcycle Underpass and Yancheng Cisian Rd. and Fubei Rd. Multiple Forks: A Field Investigation Led by Director-General of the Bureau of Transport Print
    • Publishing Date:2022-10-20~2022-12-31
    • Update Time:2022-10-17 16:04
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    Improving the Safety of Qianzhen Motorcycle Underpass and Yancheng Cisian Rd. and Fubei Rd. Multiple Forks: A Field Investigation Led by Director-General of the Bureau of Transportation, Kaohsiung City Government

    【Kaohsiung News】In order to prevent the occurrences of traffic accidents, the Transportation Bureau of the Kaohsiung City Government has repeatedly invited the Kaohsiung City Police Department and the Public Works Bureau, Kaohsiung City government to conduct a site investigation at accident-prone locations. Following the existing county districts, including Gangshan, Renwu, Daliao, Fengshan, etc. on the 22nd, the Transportation Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government along with the Kaohsiung City Police Department headed for Qianzhan District and Yancheng District to re-examine the road types and conditions and formulate improvement measures, hoping to provide pedestrians with a better road environment and maintain vehicle safety.
    According to statistics, two incents of death within 30 days and 14 cases of A2 (injuries) took place at the motorcycle slow lane underpass at Zhongshan 4th Rd., Qianzhen District from 2019 to May 2022. An analysis of the characteristics of the accidents that took place at the road sections shows that collisions comprised the majority (73%), mainly due to failure to keep safe distances when following other vehicles. From 2019 to April 2022, two incidents of death within 30 days and nine cases of A2 (injuries) took place at Cisian 2nd Rd./Fubei Rd./Lainan St./Hsinghua St. An analysis of the characteristics of the accidents that took place at the road sections shows that sideswipes and side impacts accounted for 33%, respectively. The analysis shows that the two main causes of accidents at the road sections were failure to observe the condition of the vehicle in front and not making left turns as instructed and causing accidents.
    Since the motorcycle slow lane underpass at Zhongshan 4th Rd., Qianzhen District is an important main line connecting Xiaogang, Linyuan and the original urban area, with high peak hour traffic that frequently result in slow lane overtaking collisions, riders falling off motorcycles, etc. In view of this, the Transportation Bureau of the Kaohsiung City Government and the Public Works Bureau, Kaohsiung City government have reached a consensus on cleaning the inner tunnel walls of the slow lane underpass and reviewing the tunnel lighting and entrance/exit slope in order to increase visibility. Additionally, the Transportation Bureau of the Kaohsiung City Government will adjust the edge line of the underpass inner lane. The tunnel is marked with a double solid white line in order to effectively regulate traffic flow. Speed limit signs will also be set up and the Transportation Bureau of the Kaohsiung City Government will evaluate the setup of a pedestrian and slow lane AI warning system in order to reduce overtaking collisions in the underpass.
    Furthermore, the Cisian 2nd Rd./Fubei Rd./Lainan St./Hsinghua St. have complex routes, which are non-orthogonal roads with shorter junction intervals. Most road users that pass the road sections are unable to follow the signs, marked lines and traffic lights while driving. After a discussion, the rule banning motorcycles driving on the inner lane of Cisian 2nd Rd will be cancelled. The waiting area for taking a left turn from Cisian 2nd Rd. to Fubei Rd. will also be set up. The Cisian 2nd Rd. (westbound) slow lane will be narrowed in order to increase the Cisian 2nd Rd. users’ visual range of Xinghua St. The Cisian 2nd Rd. (westbound) Arrow marking will be changed to the approach-to-obstacle marking (single solid striped lines ). Spherical lens and delineator posts will also be installed to warn road users to avoid crossing the double yellow line. The channelizing-line marking will be set up in the lower part of the road section in order to guide road users through safe gradients while driving on the road.
    Director-general Chang Shu-Chuan of the Transportation Bureau of the Kaohsiung City Government added that in addition to the two locations being the main cross-regional roads, they were also the main access roads for local residents subject to higher accident rates. Therefore, the road improvement plans were actively formulated in order to build a better road environment. She called on road users to strictly observe the speed limit, not to drive recklessly and hastily, slow down at road junctions and road sections and abide by the traffic rules to protect one’s own safety and that of others.

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