LTA survey: Majority open to sharing footpaths with bicycles, non-electric devices

People ride bicycles past the central business district.
People ride bicycles past the central business district.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - An online survey of 5,000 respondents by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has shown that the majority of pedestrians here - 55 per cent - are open to sharing space on the footpaths with bicycles and other non-electric personal mobility devices.

But when it came to motorised devices - such as electric bicycles and scooters - only about a third said they were agreeable to sharing space on foot paths.

At the moment, bicycles are allowed only on the roads, while specific rules for the many personal mobility devices are unclear.

The results from the month-long government survey, which ended on Aug 31, was released on Tuesday (Nov 24). Respondents included cyclists, pedestrians and users of both motorised and non-motorised personal mobility devices such as kick-scooters, unicycles and wheelchairs.

They also suggested some rules to govern engagement between these user groups - including requiring cyclists to slow down when approaching pedestrians and imposing speed limits.

This survey part of an effort led by the LTA to hammer out a new set of rules and norms to govern the use of these devices on the roads and footpaths, given some concern by pedestrians over the use of personal mobility devices.

In July, it formed a 14-member advisory panel headed by then-Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim.

On Tuesday, the panel conducted its third focus group discussion with 30 members of the public.

Three more discussions are planned over November and December.

"There's a recognition that we need to look after one another, those who are faster... they need to look out for the safety of pedestrians, which I think is fair," said Dr Faishal, during his opening remarks at Tuesday's discussion.

The findings from the survey and discussions will be distilled into a set of recommendations, which will be released by the panel by the second quarter of next year.