The issue of personal mobility

Will footpath ban spell the end of e-scooters in Singapore?

Letting e-scooters be ridden on footpaths ended up crossing the line in terms of pedestrian safety. But now that they are banned from footpaths, other issues have arisen. Insight looks at what the future holds for such personal mobility devices.

E-scooters are now banned from footpaths while other motorised PMDs will progressively be banned by the first quarter of 2020.
E-scooters are now banned from footpaths while other motorised PMDs will progressively be banned by the first quarter of 2020.PHOTO: ST FILE

It probably seemed an innovative idea at the time, one that showed a modern, nimble Singapore ready to move quickly with the times, in the vanguard of embracing a "car-lite" future.

Three years ago, the Active Mobility Advisory Panel tabled a series of recommendations which proposed that bicycles and personal mobility devices (PMDs) - including electric scooters - be legally allowed on footpaths.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 10, 2019, with the headline 'Future of PMDs'. Subscribe