Govt fully accepts active mobility panel’s recommendations, will roll them out in early 2019
SINGAPORE — The Government on Tuesday (Sept 4) accepted all recommendations submitted last month by the Active Mobility Advisory Panel (AMAP) to boost safety for public path users — including the controversial proposal to cut the speed limit of personal mobility devices (PMDs) and bicycles from 15km/h to 10km/h on footpaths.
The recommendations will be implemented early next year, said the Ministry of Transport (MOT).
"In accepting these recommendations, the ministry agrees with the panel that the safety of all active mobility riders and public path users is paramount," it said.
The ministry said it will continue to monitor the situation to assess if further refinements to the regulations are needed. It will also strengthen public education efforts on the safe sharing of paths and roads.
Among the recommendations made by the panel on Aug 24 were:
Lowering of speed limit on footpaths from 15kmh to 10kmh.
A speed limit of 10kmh for motorised wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
Mandatory use of helmets for cyclists riding on the road. This does not apply to users crossing the road as part of their journey on footpaths and cycling/shared paths
Requirement for active mobility users to "stop and look" out for vehicles before crossing a road.