Sine there is no dedicated bicycle lane in Singapore, cyclists, being the slower moving vehicle, is advised by traffic rules to ride “close” to the left side of the slowest lane. However, the very space is the most neglected area for road construction and maintenance. The poor condition of the drainage grill is a clear example of such oversight. Embedded in the design is the danger of unexpected accidents: trapped wheels, slippery and uneven height.
The most common design of drainage grill lining along Singapore roads is shown above. The design of the verticle grills and cross bars has taken into consideration to prevent thin bicycle tire from being trapped. However, the overall size of the metal grill is too small in relationship to the concerte openning. Maybe the smaller dimension is to facilitate easier open and close action when the cleaner need to clean the rubbish trapped below the cover. Since the hinge is position along one of the short edge, there is a large tolerance when the cover is closed. Quite often large gap was found between the metal cover and the concrete openning. (more details)
After I posted a photo of my bicycle’s front wheel trapped along one of the drainage cover in Facebook, many cyclists friends said they had the same terrible experience of being thrown out of their bike. A better design is needed.
1) A better new design to replace the old design when new drainage cover need to be installed.
2) A retro-fitting solution to ‘improve’ the current problematic drainage cover to reduce the potential hazard for cyclists.
This is an ‘Open Source” project. I will share any new development of this project on this page. Please post your feedback/ suggestions via the comment here. When it is ready I will forward the proposal to LTA/PUB or relevant agents for their consideration.