HDB Reviews Accessibility of Carparks for Cyclists

The Housing Development Board (HDB) is looking to improve accessibility of carparks installed with Electronic Parking Systems (EPS) for cyclists.

This move comes following the feedback HDB received from co-founder of cycling group “Love Cycling SG”, Mr Francis Chu. Observing carparks near his home at Geylang East going electronic, Mr Francis wrote to the housing authority requesting for carparks with EPS gantries to be made more accessible for cyclists.

"The gantries are to stop motorcyclists from leaving carparks without paying but I think they unintentionally also cause blockage for cyclists. This, results in cyclists having to dismount and hoist their bikes over the kerb to enter these carparks”, noted Mr Francis.

Another cyclist, retiree Kwan Jin Bao said that it was tiring for elderly cyclists to hoist their bikes over kerbs. Especially, when bicycles are loaded with heavy items. While another, expressed concern over the inconvenience such gantries pose to wheel-chair bound individuals.

In his correspondence to HDB, Mr Francis raised five suggestions, two of which were a complete waiver of parking fee for cyclists and the other designing a special by-pass for cyclists. HDB, has since responded to Mr Francis and conveyed that it is considering shortening the arms of the electronic gantries and removing the bollards. Further, that it would “rely on CCTV cameras to catch errant motorcyclists”.

How else do you think caparks with EPS gantries can be made more accessible for cyclists?

Source: “Easier carpark access for cyclists soon?” (The Straits Times, 27 December 2015)

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