E-Scooter Ban: A Lazy Way Out?
HWM Singapore|December 2019
Surely, there are better solutions than a blanket ban.
Koh Wanzi

On 5 November 2019, it became illegal to ride e-scooters on footpaths in Singapore. The ban will eventually be expanded to include other motorised personal mobility devices (PMDs), such as unicycles and hoverboards, by next year. There are roughly 5,500km of footpaths in Singapore, so that’s thousands of kilometres of pavement you won’t be able to touch with your e-scooter. And yes, riding on the grass beside the pavement is illegal.

Where can you continue to potter along? Just the 440km of cycling paths and Park Connector Networks on this tiny island. There’s an advisory period running from 5 November to 31 December, during which you’ll be able to get away with a warning. After that, you could face up to a $2,000 fine or three months jail.

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