[PHOTOS] Malaysia Now Has Its Very Own 'Shibuya Crossing' In The Middle Of KL


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[PHOTOS] Malaysia Now Has Its Very Own 'Shibuya Crossing' In The Middle Of KL

Took them long enough to implement this.

There are not many streets or pedestrian crossings around the world that are fit to be called landmarks.

We have the Abbey Road in north west London, which was made famous by The Beatles, and the mother of all the pedestrian crossings, the Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo.

And maybe, we can add Malaysia into the list?

Optimising walkability

We now do not need to wait for each individual traffic light.
On Saturday (19 June), the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) unveiled a Shibuya-style "scramble pedestrian crossing" in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, The Star Online reported.

According to DBKL, the new scramble crossing, also known as an X-crossing, was introduced to optimise walkability in the high traffic pedestrian area as well as improve road safety.

Instead of waiting for individual traffic lights to turn red, the new system would stop traffic from all directions simultaneously, allowing pedestrians to cross the road straight and diagonally at the same time.

Now, all the lights turn red at the same time.
Hopefully, traffic will be smoother from now on.
Yay, our very own scramble crossing.
"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. 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 quoted by the news portal.

If you wanna know where the scramble crossing is located, it's the big traffic intersection in front of Lot 10 shopping mall and McDonald's outlet in Bukit Bintang.

Here are more photos of our very own 'Shibuya Crossing' (or Bukit Bintang Crossing, maybe?):

The Shibuya Crossing is arguably the world's most iconic pedestrian crossing in the world.

According to a survey done by the Shibuya Center Street in 2016, around 3,000 pedestrians would use the Shibuya Crossing per green light, making it the busiest intersection in the world.

On top of that, the Shibuya Crossing is also home to the famous Hachikō statue.

You can catch a 24-hour live feed of the Shibuya Crossing here:

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