We refer to Mr Soh Ah Yuen’s letter ‘Install barriers at bus stops to curb speeding cyclists’ (TODAY Online, 30 Apr).
We have reviewed Mr Soh’s suggestion to install barriers at the bus stops. A key consideration is that metal barriers would impede the movement of commuters reaching the bus stops especially during peak hours. Wheelchair –bound passengers also find it difficult to access bus stops with barriers in place.
Instead, at selected HDB towns, we are providing dedicated cycling paths that are segregated from pedestrian footpaths. Where stretches of the cycling paths are near bus stops, we have incorporated regulating speed strips and signs to remind cyclists to slow down/dismount and look out for pedestrians. Where space permits, these cycling paths go behind the bus stops. By 2020, 16 HDB towns will have dedicated off-road cycling paths and so, most bus stops will have the same regulating speed strips to remind cyclists to look out for pedestrians.
We thank Mr Soh for the opportunity to explain the considerations we make when determining features to incorporate at bus stops.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations and Public Education
Land Transport Authority