How to enjoy bus rides with open strollers

Your bus commute with your little one just got a whole lot easier, but make sure you’re doing it properly.

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If you haven’t heard the great news yet, the government this week announced that families with children will be allowed to board all public buses with open strollers from 2 April. This move addresses many Singaporean parents gripe with current the system of needing to fold up their strollers before boarding public buses.

Many applaud the move as a giant step towards Singapore becoming more child- and family-friendly. Plus, it also encourages citizens to use public transportation more often, which is friendlier on the pockets and the environment.

Jessica Gullichsen, 37, who has a baby and a toddler, says the new legislation will definitely encourage her to use buses more often, even though she owns a car.

“As a mum of two, it’s nearly impossible for me to juggle kids, a diaper bag, tapping my card and carrying a closed stroller when boarding the bus. I have stayed away from buses because of this,” she explains. “Having an open stroller will greatly ease my load and I will consider taking buses again.”

"As a mum of two, it’s nearly impossible for me to juggle kids, a diaper bag, tapping my card and carrying a closed stroller when boarding the bus…having an open stroller will greatly ease my load and I will consider taking buses again.”

If you’re doing a happy dance while dragging your unused stroller out of the store room to give it a good wash ahead of the change, hold on a moment. 

Do you even know how to ride on a bus with an open stroller, so that you and the kiddos are courteous to everyone else while staying safe? If you haven’t given it a second thought, here’s your chance to brush up on your travel etiquette…

TIP #1

While all public buses welcome open strollers, you are encouraged to bring them onto wheelchair accessible buses as these are designed for easier boarding and offer more space. How do you spot one? Look for the wheelchair decal on the front windscreen. If you’re boarding a bus that’s not wheelchair accessible, you’re encouraged to fold the stroller.

TIP #2

Your open stroller should not exceed 120cm (length) by 70 cm (width). If it cannot go through the doorway of the bus when it’s open, you’ll need to fold it up before boarding and alighting.

TIP #3

If you’re worried about not being able to catch a wheelchair-accessible bus, fret not. Some 92 per cent of public buses are now wheelchair- and stroller-friendly. This number will increase to 98 per cent by the end of next year, with all buses by 2020. By the way, you can also expect 24 more pedestrian overhead bridges to be installed with lifts by the end of 2018. This is in addition to the already existing to 23 overhead bridges that have lifts.

Read on for seven more ways make commuting with a stroller more pleasant.