Thursday, February 12, 2009

Foldable bicycle scheme approved

LTA News release (12 Feb 2009):

"As announced by Mr Teo Ser Luck, Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Transport), foldable bicycles will be allowed on the Rapid Transit System (RTS) and public buses during off-peak hours within stated guidelines with effect from 15 March 2009. The scheme will proceed after taking into account stakeholder feedback from an earlier six-month trial.

Mr Jeremy Yap, LTA's Group Director for Vehicle and Transit Licensing said, "Implementation of this scheme is possible owing to the social graciousness and mutual accommodation of commuters. As a way forward, we hope that cyclists and other commuters will continue to be considerate to one another so that more people can use our public transport system to meet their diverse travel needs. We would like to thank everyone for their participation, support and feedback."

Read the rest here.

Guidelines that will take effect on 15th March 2009:

  1. Cyclists are responsible for the safe carriage of their foldable bicycles and must stay in the vicinity of their foldable bicycles at all times.
  2. Foldable bicycles should be folded at all times in the MRT/ LRT stations, bus interchanges/ terminals and on trains and buses.
  3. Foldable bicycles should not exceed 114 cm by 64 cm by 36 cm when folded.
  4. The wheels of a foldable bicycle should be wrapped up if they are dirty or wet.
  5. Protruding parts likely to cause injury or dirty / damage property are to be covered up.
  6. Foldable bicycles should not block the aisles and doors or impede commuter movement at any time.
  7. Foldable bicycles should be carried in an upright position.
  8. Only one foldable bicycle is allowed on each bus at any one time.
  9. When travelling by train, cyclists should use the first or last car, which is less crowded.
  10. Cyclists should use the lifts and wide fare gates at MRT/ LRT stations where these are available.
  11. Foldable bicycles are not allowed on the upper deck of a bus or placed on the staircase leading to the upper deck.
  12. Foldable bicycles are allowed during the following operating hours:
    • Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 4.00pm, 8.00 pm to end of operating hours
    • All day on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
  13. SMRT / SBS Transit station staff and bus drivers may disallow foldable bicycles if the actual situation within an MRT/ LRT station, bus interchange/ terminal or on board a train / bus does not permit foldable bicycles to be admitted safely and without inconveniencing other commuters.


Anonymous said...

I think this is a great idea! We can finally follow in the footsteps of so many other bike friendly countries.
I only hope we will see the construction of bike lanes along busy roads too.
But only one bike per bus? So if the whole bus was empty only one person with a bike can get on?
Also, why do the tires of the foldable bike need to be covered with they are dirty? I don't see anyone covering up their dirty shoes.

Anonymous said...

is a good start but still not good enough. Currently I am in Taiwan and I must the gov here plays a very big role in biking. In Taipei, you can bring even 26' bike but not on peak hours. Where else in Kaohsiung, they hv the same rules as SG gov. Kaohsiung MRT just started last year and they have already implemented bikes on train. It took SG gov ...what 15yrs!!! and they going to spend 40 million on bike path. Get a grip. Why not take the 40 million and dedicate 1 train cabin just for bikes...perhaps it will take SG another decade before their "Green City" dream is fullfill

Sivasothi said...

The phrase "a good start" means there is room for improvement which is what I am going ot look forward to.

Taiwan is not yet some utopia for bicycles but is similarly taking steps with various initiatives (e.g. see this Taipei Times article from Sep 2008.

I myself welcome bike paths more right now than dedicated train cabins. Bike paths will serve more needs.

Anonymous said...

The other day I was in a no seat car/cabin of a MRT train. First thing come to mind is how nice it would be if they allow full size bike be pushed in.

My wish list are: first, bicycle path on major roads (dedicated half of the left lane for bicycle) between towns; second, flexibility in allowing foldable & full sized bicycles on train (i.e. back to before they officially "allowed" by spelling out what are disallowed); third, sharing of footpaths policies. I don't like the idea of having bicycle lane on footpaths, and disagree positioning the lane further away from the road than footpath.

Anyway, I have been and still am enjoying cycling as a feasible transportation mode in Singapore.

kobinata said...

From their declaration, you can feel how little LTA are thrilled by this scheme...
Kudos to Mr Teo Ser Luck for obtaining this, it's up to us now to demonstrate to LTA that bicycles are vehicles and that bicyclers are responsible commuters.