LTA Active Mobility Advisory Panel (AMAP) latest recommendations to the government

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Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim

3 hrs

Members of the Active Mobility Advisory Panel (AMAP) meet regularly and we are always on the lookout for the safety of all active mobility riders and public path users. From time to time, we also review regulations to ensure they remain relevant.

In Feb 2018, AMAP recommended the mandatory registration of e-scooters to deter reckless riding, foster greater rider responsibility and facilitate enforcement efforts. Today, we have submitted another round of recommendations to the Government to enhance the safe sharing of paths in Singapore.

This round of recommendations was done after an extensive public consultation, including a survey which attracted over 6,000 responses, a travel diary activity where some 100 participants cycled and rode different active mobility devices on public paths and gave feedback on how to make improvements to current rules based on their personal experiences, focus-group discussions with about 100 participants, and various industry engagements.
After some (rather long) deliberation by Panel members, the Panel is making the following recommendations:

a) To lower the speed limit on footpaths from 15km/h to 10 km/h so that active mobility users have more reaction time to prevent accidents, and to reduce the severity of injuries in the event of an accident;

b) To mandate the use of helmets for active mobility users travelling on roads to improve the safety of more vulnerable road users;

c) To mandate the practice of “stop and look out for oncoming traffic” at road crossings for all active mobility users to improve the predictability of behaviour at crossings and reduce the risk of accidents;

d) To introduce a maximum device speed criteria of 10km/h for motorised wheelchairs and mobility scooters to safeguard their use for those with genuine mobility challenges;

e) To make existing avenues of seeking compensation more accessible to victims of active mobility accidents, and for LTA to work with various key stakeholders, such as large employers of active mobility riders and retailers, to encourage the take-up of third party liability insurance; and

f) To strengthen educational efforts for both pedestrians and active mobility users on the safe sharing of public paths and roads.

More details about the consultation process and the recommendations can be found here:
http://bit.ly/AMAPreport

You too, can play a part in supporting our collective recommendations, so that we can bring about a safer riding culture in Singapore. 


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