Across all housing estates in the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) 15 town councils, the riding of personal mobility devices (PMDs) has been banned at void decks and common corridors.
Today (Monday, 5 Aug), Senior Minister of State for Transport Dr Lam Pin Min declared that PMDs will not be allowed to be ridden in void decks and common corridors of HDB estates across 15 People’s Action Party (PAP) -headed town councils.
- Ang Mo Kio Town Council
- Bishan – Toa Payoh Town Council
- Choa Chu Kang Town Council
- East Coast – Fengshan Town Council
- Holland – Bukit Panjang Town Council
- Jalan Besar Town Council
- Jurong – Clementi Town Council
- Marine Parade Town Council
- Marsiling – Yew Tee Town Council
- Nee Soon Town Council
- Pasir Ris – Punggol Town Council
- Sembawang Town Council
- Tampines Town Council
- Tanjong Pagar Town Council
- West Coast Town Council
The only Town Council out of the PAP’s jurisdiction is the Aljunied-Hougang East Town Council, which is administered by the Workers’ Party. Today reports that the ban is currently under consideration.
This comes in response to the growing number of accidents involving PMDs in Singapore, some of which had resulted in fatalities. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will also conduct a three-month pilot of pedestrian-only zones (POZs) in Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Khatib and Tampines. It will also double its staff of enforcement officers to 200 by the end of 2019.
Noting the success of policy in improving the integration of bicycles in public spaces, Dr Lam also acknowledged that there is greater room for education and policy improvements that will help citizens share walkways with PMDs with greater safety.
These include S$50 million in infrastructure upgrades at accident hotspots involving PMDs. Widening footpaths, clear warning signs and speed regulating strips are part of this initiative. A particular emphasis on School Zones has been made, with several trials implemented.
On a greater scale, selected car lanes will be reclaimed for cycling paths, extending the 440km of total dedicated cycling lanes in Singapore to 750km by 2025, and tripling it by 2030.