Cycling towns in Singapore make great places to E-scoot

So where can we find these towns?

In our small but bustling city of Singapore, plans to turn Singapore into a cycling-friendly city are being carried out. By 2030, all HDB towns will have a cycling network.

So what does this mean? It means that a total of 700 km of cycling paths will be located all across the island.

Ang Mo Kio- A Model Walking and Cycling Town

The first “walking and cycling” town in Singapore is located in Ang Mo Kio, where on 9th July 2016, the first phase of the Ang Mo Kio Cycling network, which comprises of a 4 km cycling path that encircles around Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, 3 and 8 was officially opened. This thus empowers cyclists to have a safe and hassle free journey through the neighbourhood to Ang Mo Kio station, Ang Mo Kio Swimming Complex and the AMK Hub.

Upon completion in 2020, the cycling network in Ang Mo Kio will boast a network that spans 20 km, thus becoming the longest cycling network in any residential towns. Moreover, the cycling network will also feature a 2.6 km-long walking and cycling corridor that runs along the MRT viaduct between Yio Chu Kang MRT station and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.

Intra-Town Cycling Networks

As mentioned, by 2030, every HDB town will be equipped with their very own cycling network, where these networks will allow commuters easier access from their homes to MRT stations and bus interchanges and key amenities (e.g. shopping malls and schools) which are in the vicinity.

Completed Cycling Networks

 

Upcoming Cycling Paths (Next 5 years)

Link to referenced info:

https://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltaweb/en/walk-cycle-ride/integrating-cycling-with-public-transport.html

https://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltaweb/en/walk-cycle-ride/integrating-cycling-with-public-transport/ang-mo-kio-model-walking-and-cycling-town.html

https://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltaweb/en/walk-cycle-ride/integrating-cycling-with-public-transport/Intra-Town-Cycling-Networks.html

Common safety errors made by E-scooter users

How our actions could harm the image of the E-scooter community

Year after year, the number of incidents related to E-scooters have been on the rise, where in the first half of 2017, there were at least 90 accidents caused my electric bikes as well as PMDs such as E-scooters. This resulted in the LTA enforcing stricter rules and regulations on the use of PMDs, garnering a bad reputation towards PMDs and most importantly the harm we could be posing to our beloved Singaporeans.

So what are some of the safety errors we commonly make?

1) Reckless Riding on Roads

The first common safety error carried out by E-scooter users are, taking their rides onto the roads.  It has been established by LTA that E-scooters are prohibited on the roads, as they pose a threat to not only the users of the E-scooter, but also poses as a hazard to vehicles on the road.

Incident:

On 22 September 2016, a video featuring a man dangerously cutting off a public bus with his E-scooter in Mandai was filmed and posted on Stomp.

The video filmed how the man who was equipped with a helmet and gloves, hugging the kerb before matching up to an SMRT bus along Mandai Road.

The rider then proceeded to cut across the lane in order to enter the middle lane, he then continued to overtake the bus and swung back out to the kerb.

This reckless action of this irresponsible rider was extremely dangerous for him, where there could be a risk of him being hit by a vehicle. Moreover he posed as a hazard to the surrounding vehicles, as the rest of the vehicles had to slow down for him.

2) Speeding/Failing to give way to pedestrians on public paths

The second safety error committed by E-scooter users, is speeding along public paths, where riders would go above the implemented speed limits of 15 km/h and 25 km/h respectively. Moreover, certain riders fail to give way to pedestrians. These dangerous actions of theirs could potentially result in an accident involving them and pedestrians. There could also be a possibility that while speeding, they may lose control of their E-scooter and thus result in an accident.

Incident:

Due to the reckless riding of a young 17 year old E-scooter rider, it resulted in an unfortunate accident, which resulted in the victim of the accident having to undergo two brain operations at Changi General Hospital.

This unfortunate incident could have been prevented, if we as E-scooter riders are more aware of our surroundings and more conscious of our actions, where by riding safely, we would not be deemed as a threat to pedestrians.

 

3) Being mindful of our E-scooter’s battery

The third safety error that we as E-scooter users have to take note of is our E-scooter’s battery. In 2017, there were at least 34 cases of fires involving PMDs, which usually result from the overcharging of PMD batteries, particularly charging overnight and placing the battery close to combustible materials while charging.

We as E-scooter patrons also have to be mindful about the chargers and devices we purchase. Where we should always check the safety features and select devices that have a cut-off function when fully charged. Riders should ensure that the adaptors of their PMDs are registered and affixed with the “Safety Mark”

Incident:

On 22 September 2017, a HDB flat in Woodlands was engulfed in flames. The culprit was due to an E-scooter battery exploding, due to it being overcharged.

When the fire was eventually put out, the house was in ruins, where all the furniture were damaged and the walls and ceiling were stained black.

Let’s Play Our Part for our E-scooter Community

Now that we are aware of some of the mistakes that we are making, let’s be conscious of our actions and be responsible riders. By riding safely and be respectful of the law and towards the pedestrians, we can be the change and promote a positive image of our E-scooter community.

 

 Link to referenced info:

http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/parliament-90-accidents-involving-electric-bikes-and-personal-mobility-devices-in-first

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/man-on-electric-scooter-caught-on-video-overtaking-bus-at-70kmh-in-mandai

http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore-news/e-scooter-rider-dices-death-overtaking-bus?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1474680939

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/woman-still-unconscious-after-e-scooter-accident

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/least-34-cases-fire-involving-pmds-year

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/e-scooter-users-more-careful-with-batteries

New Upgraded Fines for Misuse of PMDs

Higher Penalties for PMD riders caught on roads

Penalties (with effect from 15 January 2018)

If offenders were to be convicted in court, they will charged a fine of up to $2,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 3 months for first time conviction.

Offenders convicted in court for the second or subsequent time will be charged a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months

Link to referenced info:

https://www.lta.gov.sg/apps/news/page.aspx?c=2&id=dfbdee2d-450e-4abf-8b80-6c3af44cf06d

https://www.lta.gov.sg/apps/news/page.aspx?c=2&id=77b1dd0c-8e7f-430c-9abd-4ba8064306a7

Rules for the use of PMDs in Singapore

Devices that are allowed on Paths/Roads

1. Footpaths-Max. Speed allowed is 15 km/h

Bicycles   

Motorized PMDs/ PMDs

Electric Wheelchairs/ Wheelchairs

3.Cycling/ Shared Paths-Max. Speed allowed is 25 km/h

Electric Bicycles/ Bicycles

Motorized PMDs/ PMDs

Electric Wheelchairs/ Wheelchairs

 

3. Roads- Max. Speed allowed is according to the road speed limit

Electric Bicycles/ Bicycles

 

(Criteria for PMDs used in Public Spaces)

  • Max. unladen weight of 20 kg
  • Overall width does NOT exceed 700mm
  • Max. device speed of 25 km/h
  • All devices should NOT have a fuel engine
  • All devices must NOT be constructed/ have fittings that are hazardous to the users/others
  • All devices must NOT have a car-like or motorcycle-like design

(General Rules)

PMDs are to be equipped with White front lights and Red rear lights. For PMDs which are unable to be equipped with lights, lights are to be clipped onto the user’s helmet or clothing. Lights are to be switched on when it is dark

 

Link to referenced info:

https://www.lta.gov.sg/content/dam/ltaweb/corp/GreenTransport/2016/CEP%20Module%204.pdf

A few ways to secure your beloved E-scooter

1. U-Lock

A U-lock though bulky, is a great deterrent against thieves, as it is able to resist hammers, chisels and the like. With a shape like a horse shoe, it is capable of restricting leveraging .

The goal of a U-lock is to minimize the amount of space in which a thief can utilize to insert their crowbar and leverage enough force to snap open the lock.

U-Locks are available in an array of sizes, where users should ensure that the size of the lock they purchase leaves as little gap available as possible upon locking.

U-Lock’s Kryptonite

Though the risk of breaking open a U-lock can be minimized by leaving as little space as possible, there is still always the risk where a crowbar or a piece of scaffolding can be inserted into the D-shaped space of the lock and yanked open, this issue is especially prevalent with cheaper and standard sized U-locks.

2. Cable Lock

Cable locks are versatile and adaptable, but however provide less deterrence in comparison to U-locks. Most cable locks are able to be cut through using a bolt cutter and hence are not suitable for areas high in crime. They would be a suitable choice to be used in combination with a U-lock, where they would be utilized to secure parts which are easily detachable.

Cable Lock’s Kryptonite

Can be cut through with a bolt cutter.

 

3. Chain Lock

Being able to withstand hacksaws or chisels and moreover being tough to leverage, the chain lock is durable enough for areas high in crime. However do ensure to invest in a sturdy padlock, as regardless of how tough the chain is, if the padlock isn’t sturdy enough, thieves are still able to easily cut through these locks.

Chain Lock’s Kryptonite

The risk about chain locks is that there is always a risk that thieves are able to maneuver the lock onto the ground. Once the lock is on the ground, the lock can be made brittle through the usage of cold compressed air and smashed against the ground with a hammer.

E-scooting Lesson of the Day:

There are a variety of ways and options to secure your E-scooter, some can be used in combination with others, such as the U-lock and the cable lock. Hence it is up to the user to carefully choose and invest in a sturdy lock which is capable of withstanding tools used by thieves.

Potential problem:

Though there are many sturdy locks available in the market, there is always a risk that these locks will somehow fall short and thus succumb to the tools and methods utilized by thieves. Hence our beloved E-scooter will then fall into the hands of these people.

Our Solution:

Easy Zippy is coming up with an E-scooting parking solution very soon! To be the first to be informed and to use our solutions, please leave your contact in the box below.

Link to referenced info:

https://sgscooters.co/2014/09/28/how-do-you-secure-your-e-scooter/

Teleported!

(E-scooter from E-scooter sharing service stolen in Singapore!)

On Sunday, July 9 2017, the E-scooter sharing service company filed a report stating that their scooters had been stolen.

Thankfully, due to the scooters being equipped with the company’s in-house technology, it allowed them to locate their missing scooters and provided strong evidences to allow them to lodge a police report, where at least one thief was arrested by the police.

 

E-scooting Lesson of the Day:

Even E-scooter sharing services companies are not spared from the devious actions of thieves, what more about yours? So do ensure that your E-scooter is properly and well secured before leaving it unattended.

Our Solution:

Easy Zippy is coming up with an E-scooting parking solution very soon! To be the first to be informed and to use our solutions, please leave your contact in the box below

Link to referenced info:

https://mothership.sg/2017/07/just-1-month-in-telepods-rental-e-scooters-stolen/

Shopping Free!

Short story:

Love at first sight

“What a beauty!”, I thought as I was ogling at the Electric scooter which I found underneath my block. I turned away from it and decided to be on my way, but every step I took, I found myself getting closer and closer to it. Thoughts started racing through my head, my heart started pumping and I couldn’t contain my excitement at the very thought that this machine could be mine and I could get it for free. I started to run my hands through it, admiring the accessories that were equipped on it. All of a sudden, my heart felt heavy, as I saw the chains that were binding this beauty, and that’s when it hit me, I had to Free it!, I had to be it’s knight in shining armor and save it from the hands of this wretched locks and chains.

Arming for battle

I quickly made my way to the nearest hardware shop, gearing myself up for the battle that was to come, smiling at the very thought of freeing it. After gathering all the necessary equipment, I went back to tackle the challenge. I felt a gush of adrenaline as I rushed to pry upon the locks while constantly keeping a look out for people. My heart was racing as I used my wits and brawns to make my way around the chains and locks that bound my treasure.

Victory

Finally, it is done, with a smile of triumph, I gleefully wheeled my prize away. What a find it was and to top it off, I got it for free…where would my next treasure be…?

Incident:

A 37 year old man was arrested at Block 160 Jalan Teck Whye on Nov 7 2017, as a result of his suspected involvement in a series of theft of bicycles and electric scooters.

Several reports were received by the police between October and November 2017, in regards to several bicycles and electric scooters being stolen from multiple bicycle bays at Bukit Batok, Teck Whye Lane, Keat Hong Close and Choa Chu Kang public housing estates.

After extensive investigations by officers from Jurong Police Division and with the assistance of footages from police cameras, it allowed the subsequent arrest of the man, where two electric scooters and a bicycle were among some of the items seized by the police.

 

E-scooting Lesson of the Day:

No matter where you place your E-scooter, it would definitely catch the attention of people, and these people could potentially be eyeing your scooter. We should be aware that a professional thief is able to steal many PMDs at one go and hence we should be wary where we place our PMDS and how we secure them.

Possible Prevention Methods:

In order to prevent such incidents from happening near public housing estates, people should refrain from parking their E-scooters underneath HDB blocks or at bicycle bays, and they should choose to park it within their houses, should they live around the area. However if they do choose to do so,  owners should invest in sturdy locks ensuring every detachable part is also secured.

Our Solution:

Easy Zippy is coming up with an Escooting parking solution very soon! To be the first to be informed and to use our solutions, please leave your contact in the box below.

Link to referenced info:

http://stomp.straitstimes.com/singapore-seen/man-37-arrested-for-series-of-thefts-of-bicycles-and-e-scooters-at-various-hdb#&gid=1&pid=1

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/man-arrested-for-thefts-of-bicycles-and-electric-scooters-9388038

 

Are MRT stations a wise place for your E-scooters?

(MRT= My Rude Thief)

Short story:

Just another day in the life

Under the scorching Sun, where it’s piercing rays seem to pierce through my skin and cook me from the inside out, i slugged my way to work. Heaps of sweat trickled down my skin, soaking my newly washed clothes, turning my clothes and skin into a breeding ground for bacteria. Well that could be an exaggeration I hope, but could my day start of any worse than this?

Running Late

Looking at my watch, I realized that i was running late, with my heart pounding at the thought of being reprimanded by my boss, i frantically scrambled up the escalator and leaped in between the doors, before it slammed shut and before i could be stopped by the crowd marshals.

With a sigh of relief, I was refreshed by the air conditioner from within the MRT, and before i knew it, i was bombarded with crowds of people from the next station and found myself being squeezed against the door.

Repulsive smell

Sniff..sniff…, I smelt a very pungent smell, as the train continued it’s daily routine from station to station. I was extremely thrown off by the smell, and as time passed by, the smell grew stronger and stronger and so did my annoyance with the person who was responsible for the smell.

But there was one thing that puzzled me, it was that people around me were giving me looks of disgust and repulsion and it soon dawned on me, I was the perpetrator of the smell and I started to recall my fight with the sun in the morning and how by the time I reached the MRT station, it seemed as though I had just came out of the shower. Could my day get any worse than this…?

Conclusion:

We all know it, we all felt it, living in our tropical island called Singapore, where the Sun doesn’t seem to get tired of showing itself brightly to us, we are often greeted and met with trickles of sweat as we get from place to place. Hence people would ride their PMDs to the nearest MRT stations or to their work place in order to minimize this occurrence. Upon reaching the MRT, they would only be left with the options of bringing their scooter on board the MRT or to lock it up at the bicycle area near the MRT, and from there board the MRT to work.

 

Incident 1:

On 13th May 2016, a scooter was stolen from it’s owner who parked it at Marsiling MRT bicycle parking area at around 6.25 a.m, where it was secured with a blue plastic coated chain and armed with an anti-theft alarm that will be activated when the scooter is moved.

When the owner came to pick up his/her scooter at around 10.30 p.m, the scooter had unfortunately disappeared along with it’s blue chain. Upon approaching the SMRT staff to enquire whether they had confiscated any scooter, the owner was met with shock as he/she was told that the SMRT staff had not confiscated any scooter. The owner was left distressed and puzzled on how much guts the thief had in stealing his/her scooter in a public area, moreover stealing it while being unaffected by the anti-theft alarm that would definitely sound.

Recount of Eye-witness:

On 14th May 2016, owner was notified by an eye-witness of the incident. The eye-witness recounted the incident, saying that the internal alarm of the scooter indeed sounded endlessly and the thief was unable to turn it off. Hence the thief, who seemed to be a man with a bulky build and a height of roughly 1.70m frantically wheeled the scooter from Marsiling MRT to HDB Marsiling Blk 13 which is close to the Woodlands West Neighbourhood Police Station. He was sweating profusely and garnered the looks from numerous pedestrians and by-standers.

The eye witness stated that the main wires had already been snipped off, but the alarm kept on sounding.  He then proceeded to retrieve some tools and managed to disarm the scooter’s alarm. He was last seen pushing the scooter towards the multi-storey carpark.

 

Incident 2:

After a long day’s work, instead of finally being able to relax and unwind, a woman’s day got gloomy after finding her E-scooter which she parked at Seng Kang MRT before leaving for work to be stolen. This left her devastated, where upon returning to pick up her scooter, she was only met with the seat of her scooter, where the rest of the scooter was nowhere to be found.

 

E-scooting Lesson of the Day:

Even in crowded and public areas, your E-scooter isn’t guaranteed that it would be spared from the scheming hands of thieves. Where deterrent methods that you have employed, such as an anti-theft alarm, might not even faze thieves.

Possible Prevention Methods:

Hence invest in a few good locks which are capable to withstand the tools used by thieves. Ensure that detachable parts are also secured with locks.

Our Solution:

Easy Zippy is coming up with an E-scooting parking solution very soon! To be the first to be informed and to use our solutions, please leave your contact in the box below.

Link to referenced info:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/bigwheelscooters/posts/?ref=page_internal

 

Fast Food or Fast Scoots?

(Fast Food places seem to incur a high incident rate of e-scooter thefts)

Short Story:

Hunger Pangs

“Grr..Grr…”, “Grr..! Grr..!! Grr..!!!”, at that very instance, my eyes sprang open. The sun rays shone gently into my room, hitting the side of my face. I checked my watch, it was 3.30pm. I was awoken from my afternoon nap, by the hunger of my stomach. As I stood up groggily and stretched my body as I let out a yawn, I rubbed my poor and hungry stomach as I pondered on what I should eat. The television was playing outside as i walked out of my room and I sighed upon remembering that I had forgotten to turn off the television. At that moment, a Macdonalds’ advertisement was airing, where it featured it’s latest burger, I watched it with intrigue as saliva starting welling up in my mouth, that was the deciding factor for my lunch.

Trip to satisfy hunger

I took out my electric scooter from my storeroom and headed for the Macdonalds nearby my house. As I reached the restaurant, I decided to park my scooter outside the restaurant without bothering to lock it, as I thought I wouldn’t be gone for long as I was planning to get a take-out and besides I would be keeping a watch on it.

I happily made my way into the restaurant and joined the queue while occasionally glancing over to my scooter. Finally it was my turn, I turned away from my scooter and made my order, salivating at the thought of sinking my teeth into the burger.

A big question mark

As I made my way out, I was staring at an empty space which was occupied by my scooter a while ago. Confusion started to creep into me, as I frantically scoured the area in hopes that I might have placed it somewhere else.

After an hour of searching, it felt like my world was crashing down on me upon the realization that my moment of negligence resulted in my scooter being stolen. Now the next problem is, how am I going to answer to my parents…?

 

Incident 1:

A Speedway 3 scooter which sported a U7 5 colored angel eye, side deck Pink Ice Tape and a piglet stuff toy was stolen at Anchorvale Macdonalds. The suspect was a Male wearing a blue T-shirt

 

Incident 2:

Stolen scooter at AMK central KFC!

 

E-scooting Lesson of the Day:

Patrons of fast-food chains often leave their E-scooter outside of fast food restaurants while they go and buy their food. The risk about doing so, is that they are leaving their e-scooters out in the open. Hence the moment their line of sight shifts away from their scooter, before they know it, their scooter would have been stolen. Hence their e-scooters are vulnerable and could be easily wheeled away, especially if the area is crowded, it makes it even harder to constantly make sure your e-scooter would be visible to you.

Possible Prevention Methods:

So how can this be prevented? They can prevent this, if they were to lock their scooters up if they will be gone only for a short period of time, or to get someone to watch over their scooter. If possible, they could wheel in their scooter into the fast food restaurant, if it is permitted.

Our Solution:

Easy Zippy is coming up with an E-scooting parking solution very soon! To be the first to be informed and to use our solutions, please leave your contact in the box below.

Link to referenced info:

 https://www.facebook.com/pg/bigwheelscooters/posts/?ref=page_internal\