Alt-Wheels Briefly #17

Singapore’s PMD footpath ban leads to collapse in eScooter sales

What Are Alt-Wheels?

Alternative Wheels.

Alt-Wheels are:
– Made for a single rider
– Smaller than bicycles
– Affordable

Electric skateboards, electric scooters, electric unicycles, the Onewheel, the Jyroball.

Alt-Wheels differs from “micromobility.” That’s all in this post.


THE BIG STORY: Retailers hit hard by e-scooter ban | The Straits Times

Large stockpile of e-scooters brought in for Singles’ Day now ‘unsellable’, say retailers

Most of these stocks are likely to become “worthless” as many customers have begun to “lose faith” in using PMDs, Mr Jin said.

Though e-scooters can still be used on cycling paths and on park connector networks, these are not extensive enough and cannot provide interconnectivity between towns, he said.

Under the new ban, e-scooters will be confined to 440km of cycling paths islandwide, instead of 5,500km of footpaths. Those caught flouting the rules can be fined up to S$2,000, jailed for up to three months, or both.

Mr Jin said: “After the announcement (of the ban), potential customers who had wished to convert to the UL2272-certified models don’t have the intention to do so anymore.

Commentary: What’s next for e-scooters after the footpath ban?

A goal of 310km of additional pathways in six years will be a good contribution, and well ahead of many other cities.

But Singapore is not just any other city. It is a city that prides itself on being fast, efficient, effective and inventive. The home of the Jewel, Marina Bay Sands and a wide array of other impressive high budget engineering feats that have literally moved earth.

What could happen if we were to apply that ingenuity to creating the world’s most impressive infrastructure – not only for bicycles, but for e-scooters, hover boards, unicycles, skateboards and other modes of transport that are too fast for a footpath and too slow for a roadway?

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

The PMD footpath ban in Singapore is a retreat from Singapore’s goal of becoming a car-lite nation. What’s not been said is how many drivers gave up their cars in favor of a PMD and now discover it’s impossible to use for their daily commute? How many other drivers were thinking of a PMD and now see it’s pointless to buy one? Singapore’s original sin was not taking street space away from cars to give to PMDs. Now they’re seeing the consequences of that short-sightedness.

Meanwhile, this petition — Petition on behalf of all PMD users in Singapore: Allow PMD on Footpaths or Roads — is gaining on 25,000 signatures. There are 90,000 PMDs registered in Singapore.

Onewheel/EUC veteran rider/reviewer Jimmy Chang encounters the Ninebot KickScooter MAX:

Segway-Ninebot Kickscooter Max: Should I Get One or Two?

People are enamored by its promises. Having seen the engineering, assembly, and quality control problems of the prior Ninebot KickScooter ES models (as well as the Xiaomi M365 the MAX is based on), the jury remains out for now. But I still maintain that, long-term, people will wish they bought the Boosted Rev instead.

This is not just another video about the Broadway Bomb. It’s also a convincing argument for removing all traffic lights from NYC:

Is ELECTRIC UNICYCLE Fastest Wheel in NYC? Broadway Bomb RACE! Safety & GyRoRideRz Review _Hsiang

I’m convinced. If drivers had to depend on other drivers to do the right thing all the time, alertness would have to increase and speeds would have to decrease.

Previously here:

Alt-Wheels Briefly
Alt-Wheels Notes

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