Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min revealed that the authorities will require greater than $1 billion to hasten the expansion of the cycling system, ” said The New Paper.
Although he has said that the cycling network will be expanded by 750 kilometers by 2025 and around 1,300 kilometers by 2030, Lam told reporters last month that this might be shortened by a couple of years to provide e-scooter users additional space.
E-scooters, that were formerly allowed on the 5,500 kilometers footpaths, are now limited to the 440-km cycling paths and are also banned on roads.
Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan stated that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will give priority to cities having high e-scooter populations and with no present intra-town biking networks when building the new biking paths.
Lam emphasised to MPs that the ban was supposed to restore safety over the footpaths. After the banning, the amount of accidents with e-scooters on public paths fell by 30 percent in December 2019, compared to November 2019.
Ever since a zero-tolerance approach was utilized at the start of the year, the LTA has caught 27 e-scooter passengers on footpaths.
“As we step up enforcement, we can anticipate additional decrease in these accidents,” Lam said.
National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said a huge part of the park connector network (PCN) will be broken up into shared paths and footpaths.
NParks will also harmonise and update the signals and markings of this PCN alongside LTA’s cycling path network.
“Where there’s enough width at the PCN, NParks may also execute physical separators such as grass verges involving the footpaths and shared paths,” said Wong.
The Active Mobility (Amendment) Bill will proceed to ban all motorised PMDs out of footpaths and raise penalties for all active freedom offences. It is going to also allow the authorities to execute the present Active Mobility Advisory Panel recommendations such as third-party liability insurance coverage for people who ride for work and minimum ages for driving.
This Bill will additionally put in place the mandatory inspection program that takes effect in April, to guarantee e-scooters’ compliance with all the UL2272 fire safety standard and also to reduce installation of illegal modifications.
On the other hand, the Shared Mobility Enterprises (Control and Licensing) Bill expects the expansion of the reach of the present licensing plan covering active freedom device-sharing operators, including PMD-sharing and bicycle-sharing companies.
If the Bill passes, it is going to replace the present licensing regime set in place from the Parking Places Act.