From 1 June 2017, commuters can continue to carry foldable bicycles and personal mobility devices on board public transport at all hours of the day. This follows a six-month trial conducted by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and public transport operators, and is part of LTA’s Walk Cycle Ride strategy to encourage more people to adopt active mobility for the first and last mile of their public transport commutes.
Mr Jeremy Yap, LTA’s Deputy Chief Executive for Public Transport, said: The trial showed that most commuters were accepting of others bringing foldable bicycles and personal mobility devices on board public transport. While we see more commuters carrying these devices into train stations during the trial, majority were responsible and observed the stipulated rules and guidelines. Many also expressed support for the initiative as it provided passengers another option for their first-and-last-mile commute. As we continue to ramp up cycling infrastructure in various towns island-wide, more people will find it convenient to cycle or ride to the nearby transport node, bring their personal mobility devices on board a train or a bus, and complete their commute on their devices.
Following the six-month trial conducted since last December, station staff and bus captains will continue to allow commuters with foldable bicycles and personal mobility devices of up to 120cm x 70cm x 40 cm to board trains and buses at all hours, provided they comply with a set of rules on user behaviour and device dimensions.
LTA will also work with bus and rail operators to put up public education posters at train stations and bus interchanges island-wide to highlight the key rules and guidelines for bringing foldable bicycles and personal mobility devices on board trains and buses. For example, commuters must keep their foldable devices folded as they push, pull or carry them, and are advised to hold their devices securely next to them at all times.
Those who do not comply with the rules will be denied entry into the train station or bus, and can be fined up to $500 for each offence.