Updated: 7 days ago
Starting of Mid 2021, PAB users will need to pass an online theory test to ride on the road or path. The test will cover basic road and path safety and to ensure that riders are aware of active mobility rules, a general code of conduct, and safe riding behavior.
To prepare you for the upcoming theory test, we prepare guide below based on Singapore Road and Highway Traffic Act.
Where to Ride your Bicycle, PAB, PMD and PMA?
Know where you can ride and the speed limits to observe for the safety of yourself and others. You may face penalties if caught speeding or riding your device on the wrong path or road.
Cycling Paths and Park Connectors can be easily identified by markings on the ground (see examples below).
Cycling, Share paths and Park Connecor Network (PCN) have a speed limit of 25km/h, and can be used by cyclists and users of PMDs, PABs and PMAs.
Footpaths do not have any ‘Cyclist’ or ‘PCN’ logos. The speed limit for footpaths is 10km/h. No riding of PABs and motorized PMDs on footpaths. Bicycles, PMAs and non-motorised PMDs, such as manual kick-scooters, can be used on footpaths.
Only cyclists and PAB riders are allowed to ride on roads, except for expressways and road tunnels. Under the Road Traffic Act, it is mandatory for cyclists and PAB riders to wear a helmet when riding on roads.
Rules for cycling
Road safety is a shared responsibility. Keep a firm grip on these on-road cycling rules if you use a bicycle or power-assisted bicycle (PAB) on roads.
1. Obey all traffic signals and travel in the same direction as the flow of traffic. A person must not ride a bicycle, power-assisted bicycle, trishaw or tricycle on a road against the flow of traffic.
2. Ride on left side of road or as near as practicable to the far left edge of the road
3. Cycle in a single file on single-lane roads and during bus lane operational hours (otherwise, cycling two abreast is allowed in two or more lanes road or when overtaking).
4. Wear a helmet when cycling on roads. Pillion rider must also wear helmet.
5. Switch on a clearly visible front white and rear red light especially in the dark (7pm to 7am). No red light to the front. Red light is only to the rear. Rear red reflectors can be used on bicycles and power-assisted bicycles.
6. Do not use a mobile communication device while riding.
7. Those under 16 years of age may not ride PABs on roads and may not be carried as a passenger on PABs on roads.
8. Do not cycle on expressways and in road tunnels (for example, ECP, CTE, Fort Canning tunnel, etc).
You can however cycle on the road underpass, overpass (flyover) or viaduct. See the link below for a list of tunnels, road underpass, bridge, flyover and viaduct
List of underpasses and tunnels in Singapore: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_underpasses_and_tunnels_in_Singapore
This is a list of flyovers, bridges and viaducts in Singapore:
9. Do not tow any other vehicle or devices or be towed.
10. Do not hold into another moving vehicle
11. Riders to give (hand) signals
to ‘stop’ — hold out his right arm horizontally with the forearm vertical and with the palm of the hand to the front;
to ‘slow down’ — hold out his right arm horizontally with the palm of the hand downwards, and move the arm up and down several times;
to ‘proceed to the right’ — hold out his right arm horizontally with the palm of the hand to the front; and
to ‘proceed to the left’ — hold out his left arm horizontally with the palm of the hand to the front.
Signals to be made in sufficient time
12. Do not use the road when a bicycle lane is provided on part of a road (example Changi Tanah Merah coastal road).
13. Must not carry load with dimensions that can cause danger, obstruction other road users
14. Must not carry load that is not properly and rigidly secured to the bicycle or overhanging from or a height that is more than one meter from the ground.
15. Must not keep or use power-assisted bicycle (PAB) and PMD that have not been approved and sealed and has not been registered and bears a registration number plate in accordance with the Road Traffic Rules 2017. No person below the age of 16 years to ride a power-assisted bicycle on a road. As for the PAB and PMD requirement, have a look at the LTA posters below
Guidelines for walking, cycling and riding your PABs and PMDs
Being gracious keeps you and others safe. If you ride a bicycle or PAB, always give way to more vulnerable users on the paths. If you are walking, remain alert and keep to footpaths.
Cyclists, PAB and PMD riders
Always give way to pedestrians.
Watch your speed and go slow around others.
Slow down when approaching bus stops and/or intersections of public paths.
Walk your device in crowded areas.
Gently alert others before overtaking.
Keep left on paths unless overtaking.
Ride on cycling paths and bicycle crossings when available.
Keep a safe distance from other path users, especially when overtaking to avoid a collision.
Avoid shining your lights onto the face of other path users.
Check that your lights, brakes and tyres are in good working condition before setting off.
Check the height of your handlebars and seat on the bicycle to ensure that you have full control of the device when coming to a sudden stop in an emergency.
Keep both hands on the handlebars. Signal your intention to change course or make a turn ahead of time.
Park your devices at designated parking places such as bicycle racks and yellow boxes. Be sure to securely lock your devices to prevent it from being stolen.
Keep left unless overtaking.
Keep to footpaths and pedestrian crossings.
Stay alert when on public paths. Using a mobile phone or listening to music could prevent you from detecting danger or obstacles.
Third-party liability insurance products for non-commercial riders
It is encouraged for non-commercial riders to purchase active mobility insurance to protect yourself from personal accident expenses and third-party injury claims. Here are the insurance providers
1. AA Personal Mobility Plus (AAS Insurance Agency Pte Ltd, underwritten by Liberty Insurance Pte Ltd)
2. AXA Personal Mobility Protect (AXA Insurance, sold exclusively by AXA@POST)
ePROTECT personal mobility (EtiQa)
3. Personal Mobility Guard (NTUC Income)
It is mandatory to get third-party liability insurance for businesses
In case of Accidents
Examine yourself to make sure there are no serious injuries. Stay calm.
Call the police or an ambulance if necessary.
Take photos of the positions of the bike and the car.
Offer help and exchange particulars. Get the names, contact information, and plate numbers of the vehicles of those involved in the crash.
Examine for damages.
See a doctor as soon as possible
Cyclist Road Courtesy
Treat fellow cyclists as friends on the road.
If you need to stop for emergency, park your bicycles properly at the side of the road and stay clear for the moving traffic
Don’t be shy to nod or to greet one another
For more info on:
Road Traffic Act: https://sso.agc.gov.sg/SL/RTA1961-R3
Active Mobility Act 2017: https://sso.agc.gov.sg/Act/AMA2017
Highway Code: https://sso.agc.gov.sg/SL/RTA1961-R11#P1III-
That's about it. No Sweat right? Once one pass the test, LTA will issue a certificate of proficiency for life. Do remember to ride defensively and be safe at all time.
Wish you happy cycling
From all of us at TWD Bicycle
Credit to: LTA, NSW, DPH