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Old 24th May 2008, 05:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Six month trial to bring foldable bicycles on trains and buses

News Release

No. 1 Hampshire Road Singapore 219428
Tel: 1800-CALL LTA (1800-2255 582) Fax: (65) 6396 1595
Date of Issue: 21 May 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOLD IT AND RIDE IT

A six month trial to bring foldable bicycles on trains and buses
1 The Land Transport Authority (LTA), SMRT and SBST will launch a sixmonth
trial to allow foldable bicycles on board trains and public buses during off-peak
hours.
2 During the trial period from 24 May to 24 November 2008, foldable bicycles
will be permitted on MRT / LRT trains every weekday during off-peak hours, and all
day on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. From 24 May to 24 August 2008,
foldable bicycles will also be permitted on SBST and SMRT buses all day on
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. The trial on buses will be reviewed after the
first three months. (Please refer to the Annex for the list of guidelines and timing.)
3 This trial is one of the several initiatives announced during the Land Transport
Review to meet the transport needs of diverse groups of people. It recognises the
increasing trend of people cycling for sports and recreation, cycling around the
neighbourhood, or cycling to key transport nodes like MRT stations.
4 Mr Jeremy Yap, LTA’s Group Director for Vehicle and Transit Licensing said,
“While catering to the needs of cyclists, we also want to ensure the safety and comfort
of other commuters. Social graciousness and mutual accommodation play an
important part. Cyclists and other commuters are encouraged to be considerate and
make way for one another so that more people can use our public transport system to
meet their diverse travel needs.”
5 "Commuters are already able to take foldable prams on board buses and carry
luggage on board trains, such as when travelling to and from Changi Airport. We are
trying to see if the same can be done for foldable bicycles. This trial will be able to
help us seek the views from all stakeholders – cyclists, commuters, and operators. Due
to the space constraints on buses as compared to the train, foldable bicycles will only
be allowed on buses over the weekends and public holidays during the first three
months. The feasibility to allow foldable bicycles on buses will be reviewed after
three months.”
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6 During the trial, SBST / SMRT station staff and bus drivers can disallow a
cyclist to board a bus or enter the RTS system if the cyclist is unable to comply with
the guidelines or if the actual situation within an MRT/LRT station, bus
interchange/terminal or on board a train/bus does not permit foldable bicycles to be
admitted safely and without inconveniencing other commuters.
7 Ms Kang Huey Ling, SMRT’s Director, Station Operations, said, “We are
happy to work with LTA on this trial. At SMRT, we support cycling as a viable travel
option by linking cycling with public transport. We encourage passengers with
foldable bikes to be considerate to their fellow passengers so that everyone can enjoy
a pleasant travel experience.”
8 Mr Gan Juay Kiat, Chief Operating Officer, SBS Transit Ltd, said, “In
supporting this trial, we hope to help a new group of commuters to use public
transport as they pursue healthy and fun living. It is a move that is in line with SBS
Transit's green charter in supporting healthy and green living. We hope that through
this trial, all commuters will learn to be more accommodating and share the limited
space available on board buses and trains with one another. While we support the trial,
we are also mindful of potential implementation problems. For instance, only foldable
bicycles of a certain size are allowed on board our buses and trains. Commuters with
bicycles that are larger will not be allowed on board. Cycling enthusiasts may also be
turned away when the bus is crowded as bringing a bicycle on board during such
instances may pose a safety hazard to all passengers. In cases like these,
disagreements may occur and we seek the co-operation and understanding of all
passengers so as not to cause unnecessary service delays and inconvenience to
others.”
9 Ms Lim Kim Kee, an Accounts Assistant, said, “I am happy and welcome the
trial with open arms. I use the foldable bicycle to exercise and get to different places
of interest. I enjoy going to the East Coast Park during the weekends. As I live in
Telok Blangah, I will cycle to the nearest MRT station (Redhill), hop onto a train to
Kembangan MRT station and cycle there via the park connector.
10 “I hope to see more commuters welcoming us onto the trains and buses. We
will also practise extra care and consideration to other commuters. At the end of the
day, we are all happy commuters using the public transport system.”
11 The LTA and operators will monitor the trial closely and take in feedback from
commuters during the course of the trial. The trial will help in assessing whether
foldable bicycles can be brought onto buses and trains without affecting normal operations or inconveniencing other commuters.

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Re: Six month trial to bring foldable bicycles on trains and buses

I dunno how to cycle,does not bothers me

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Cyclists welcome foldable bicycles on board public transport

Cyclists welcome foldable bicycles on board public transport
By Lynda Hong, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 04 July 2008 2247 hrs


SINGAPORE: Environmentally-conscious commuters are opting to cycle and take public transport over private cars or even taxis.

A new measure by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) now enables cyclists to go that extra mile in reducing their carbon footprint.

Li Pui Ming no longer needs to leave her bicycle outside the train station before she boards a train. That's because a new trial by LTA, introduced on May 24, allows cyclists to bring their foldable bicycles on board during off-peak hours or weekends.

While this is extremely convenient for the housewife, she feels more can be done for working Singaporeans.

She said: "For me, it's okay, because I usually use it during off-peak hours. But for those who go to work, I don't think it's very practical, because during peak hours, they cannot bring it into the MRT."

Before the rule was in place, Li would lock her bicycle outside train stations. However, two of her bicycles were stolen.

These days, being able to bring her bike onto the train means she has free transport from the station to her destination.

Together with transport operators, LTA is running a six-month trial on trains and a three-month trial on buses to see if having these foldable bikes on board will affect operations and other commuters.

Feedback from the public will also be taken into consideration.

For now, at least, there is this low-cost, eco-friendly option for those wanting to do their bit to save the earth. - CNA/vm


http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...358313/1/.html

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Re: Six month trial to bring foldable bicycles on trains and buses

i got see a group of cyclist on weekends always took bus service 2 with their foldable bike to Changi Village...... they carry like so light sia.. small somemore...abt only 1kg ... want to buy but too expensive $200 plus o_O


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where do they sell the bikes usually

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Re: Six month trial to bring foldable bicycles on trains and buses

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where do they sell the bikes usually
bicycle shops...like DUH!~
$200 for a bicycle is normal what, standard price.

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i want get this but T.T
Price: SGD$6,720.00

for ppl who want get this
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Re: Six month trial to bring foldable bicycles on trains and buses

Originally Posted by XxbloodxX View Post

i want get this but T.T
Price: SGD$6,720.00

for ppl who want get this
24 Raffles Place #25-04A UIC Building Singapore S(048621)
(65) 6446 6621
alex@onespt.com
http://www.onespt.com
F@kin expensive! i rather buy 2nd hand old car for $6k or 2 bikes!...

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so ex wor the foldable bike.that price can feed me for 1 year

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Re: Six month trial to bring foldable bicycles on trains and buses

Originally Posted by XxbloodxX View Post

i want get this but T.T
Price: SGD$6,720.00

for ppl who want get this
24 Raffles Place #25-04A UIC Building Singapore S(048621)
(65) 6446 6621
alex@onespt.com
http://www.onespt.com

you'll be surprised, bicycles are very expensive. ( if you are serious into this sport, that amount is okay i guess )
the most expensive bicycle owner in Singapore is $34,000. ( correct me if im wrong )

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