How are we keeping our footpaths, cycling paths and roads safe?
Find out how we are helping to keep the roads and pathways safe for pedestrians, cyclists and PMD users.
05 Dec 2016
The Government has accepted in full the Recommendations on Rules and Code of Conduct for Cycling and the Use of Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs) by the Active Mobility Advisory Panel in March 2016. The Active Mobility Bill was introduced in Parliament for its First Reading on 9 November 2016.
Here’s a snapshot of the Panel’s recommendations:
For the full set of the Panel’s recommendations, please refer to LTA’s website.
Q1. What is being done about reckless users who travel at high speeds?
Riding too fast can increase the risk of accidents. Speed limits of 15km/h on footpaths and 25km/h on cycling paths/shared paths will be introduced. These speed limits send a strong signal that riders should not be moving too fast to allow other people more time to react.
Our enforcement officers will be on the lookout for those riding at dangerous speeds and will be equipped with speed guns. Cyclists and PMD users found behaving recklessly and injuring others could be prosecuted in Court under the Penal Code. Upon conviction, they can be fined up to $5,000 or face a jail term of a year, or both.
All power-assisted bicycles for use on public paths will be registered. LTA will enforce against illegal modification of power-assisted bicycles and PMDs. There will be heavy penalties in place to deter the sale of non-compliant power-assisted bicycles and PMDs for use on public paths. LTA is also considering using CCTV cameras to monitor and deter reckless behaviour on footpaths and cycling paths.
Q2. How are we protecting the public from reckless cyclists and PMD users?
Since May this year, LTA’s Active Mobility Enforcement Officers have carried out more than 560 enforcement deployments across Singapore, with emphasis on HDB towns and industrial estates. More than 860 advisories have been issued to cyclists, power-assisted bicycle users and PMD users caught riding in an unsafe manner, such as speeding.
Q3. What should a pedestrian do in the event of an accident with a cyclist or PMD user?
The pedestrian should ask the cyclist or PMD user for his or her particulars. If the cyclist or PMD user leaves the scene without providing particulars, the victim should note down the description of the cyclist or PMD user and their bicycle or PMD. In either case, the victim should file a police report, and the Police will investigate the case.
Those injured by cyclists can seek compensation from the cyclists through civil action in court or private settlements, similar to victims of motoring accidents. If the offender is prosecuted and convicted in criminal court, the court will consider if compensation to the victim should be paid.
Q4. How is the Government making our cycling and footpaths safer?
The Government will continue to expand our walking and cycling paths to accommodate the needs of all users. Where possible, footpaths have been widened and dedicated cycling paths have been built. Tampines, Sembawang, Pasir Ris, Yishun, Changi-Simei and Punggol already have dedicated cycling paths. Over the next four years, we will complete similar networks in 10 more towns and in every HDB town by 2030.
Reckless behaviour will not be tolerated and heavy penalties will be imposed on those who endanger the safety of others. Enforcement efforts will be stepped up, and the Government will work with key stakeholders, such as community leaders, retailers and interest groups, to ensure that everyone understands and follows the code of conduct.
Q5. How are we spreading the message of safety?
LTA launched the Safe Riders Campaign in April 2016 to encourage cyclists and PMD users to pledge their commitment to 7 safe riding habits. The campaign is still on-going with messages displayed at locations island-wide, and on walkway banners at 74 MRT stations. About 350,000 booklets and 20,000 posters highlighting the safe riding messages have also been distributed through volunteers, LTA’s Active Mobility Enforcement Officers, and community partners. LTA will launch the Safe Cycling Programme in February 2017 to educate the public on safe riding skills, practices and the proper use of cycling-related infrastructure.