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HOW EASY IS IT TO SCOOT AROUND SINGAPORE?

(source TNP http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore-news/how-easy-it-scoot-around-singapore)

 

TNP’S REPORTER RIDES AN E-SCOOTER FROM TOA PAYOH TO MARINA BAY SANDS, FOLLOWING MOBILITY PANEL’S RECOMMENDATIONS

Oct 24, 2016 6:00am

It was a rolling good time – sort of.

 

I was assigned to travel from The New Paper’s office at Toa Payoh North to Marina Bay Sands (MBS) using only an e-scooter.

 

And I had to observe all the recommendations that were put forward by the Active Mobility Advisory Panel in March.

 

Recently, the Land Transport Authority clamped down on errant e-scooter users who ride recklessly at high speeds along footpaths and on roads.

 

So, what is it like to e-scoot responsibly from one point to another in Singapore?

 

  • Scooting around Singapore
  • Scooting around Singapore
  • Scooting around Singapore

 

I rented an e-scooter, researched the route that I needed to take and set off on a hot afternoon last Friday at about 4 pm.

 

The recommendations by the panel meant that I had to travel at 15kmh on footpaths and 25kmh on shared paths and cycling paths.

 

I also had to get off and push the e-scooter whenever I crossed roads or cut through parks.

 

And I had to always be on the lookout for pedestrians and to give way to them.

 

RIDING

 

During the journey, which was just under 9km, I faced issues that I don’t normally face as a pedestrian.

 

The e-scooter that I rented was the Citybug2S, a light and maneuverable e-scooter that can travel at a top speed of 22kmh.

 

To get the motor going, I had to push off like a normal kick-scooter.

 

However, the many pedestrian crossings on my route meant that I never really had a stretch where I was able to cruise.

 

I had to constantly get off the scooter, walk across, get on the scooter and push off to get going again.

 

At Balestier Road, there are rows of shophouses with narrow pavements that were not built with an overweight reporter traveling on an e-scooter in mind.

 

That meant more walking.

 

From Balestier Road, I scooted to Jalan Besar to meet my colleague who was shooting pictures of me on the scooter.

 

It was like an obstacle course. Often, the pavements were blocked by construction or parked vehicles.

 

Once again, I had to get off the e-scooter, push it around the obstacle, and then get on again.

 

After the umpteenth time, I was annoyed.

 

By the time I got to Jalan Besar, it was 5 pm and the pedestrian traffic had grown heavier.

 

I had to be extra cautious here because I did not want to hit anyone and make headlines for the wrong reasons.

 

The pedestrians seemed oblivious to their surroundings because they were on their phones, although I’m pretty sure I saw some of them shoot me disapproving looks as I scooted slowly past them.

 

Thankfully, nothing happened.

 

From Jalan Besar, the scoot to MBS was relatively uneventful, except for when I was used as target practice by some errant birds.

 

I reached MBS at almost 7 pm drenched in sweat and tired.

 

But I had to I admit, I had fun.

 

I saw parts of Singapore that I would not have seen.

 

But would I use e-scooters as my main form of transportation?

 

My T-shirt was soaked in sweat and covered in bird droppings and I was tired.

 

I’ll stick to public transport for now.

 

But having said that, it would 
be nice to have an e-scooter, just for fun.

 

My T-shirt was soaked in sweat and covered in bird droppings and I was tired.

– TNP reporter Azim Azman on his journey via e-scooter from Toa Payoh to Marina Bay Sands

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