Bus stop-gym machine prototypes installed at Boon Lay; allow residents to charge phones while exercising

Designed by researchers from SUTD, the bus stop-gym is part of the Recharge project.

Benjamin Chew

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Published: 24 November 2022, 3:21 PM

Boon Lay residents can now exercise and charge their phones while waiting for their bus at the Blk 200 bus stop-gym installation from Nov 21 to Dec 5.

The installation is created by researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design’s (SUTD) Social Urban Lab (SOULab) through a collaboration with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the Ministry of Health’s Office for Healthcare Transformation as part of a project known as Recharge.

Recharge first came about after community engagements with Boon Lay residents were conducted by researchers from SUTD’s SOULab. The engagements were held to find out residents’ perceptions toward physical activity, healthy eating and rest. 

The project was ranked as a top choice for implementation by the community among 16 recommendations. It aims to transform existing waiting spaces into opportunities for physical activities through the installation of fitness stations.


Recharge also seeks to help residents to break 150 to 300 minutes of moderate physical activity into bite size-opportunities for healthier living. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/FITRI MAHAD


Only selected participants can try out the Recharge exercise machine prototypes, which are currently in a two-week trial phase.

They will be issued a bluetooth card that can be used to start off their exercise sessions by tapping the card on the podium. Users can also use the card to track their activity and coins accumulated from their exercise, and redeem vouchers with the earned coins.

Once users have finished their exercise, they can also track their progress by scanning the QR code provided.


While exercising, the panels on the machines will also light up. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/FITRI MAHAD


According to a Facebook post by Minister for National Development Desmond Lee, users will be able to claim vouchers if they are able to hit 150 minutes of exercise on the machines per week as an added incentive.

Thanks to researchers from SUTD SOULab, working with MOHT and LTA, we have the first bus stop-gym “Recharge” prototype in Boon Lay! This is a simple but meaningful initiative to get our residents to carry out simple exercises and charge their handphones while waiting for the bus. Vouchers will also be rewarded if you hit 150min per week 😉 This project is a 2-week trial starting from 21st November to 5th December. Head down to 200 Boon Lay Drive bus stop if you’re keen to participate! To learn more about this project, you can also visit the SUTD SOULab’s website here: @sutdsg #boonlay #ourboonlayourhome @ltasg @moh_singapore

Posted by Desmond Lee on Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Those part of the trial are Boon Lay residents aged between 18 to 75, Singaporean citizens or permanent residents, and do not have any physical disabilities which revolve around movement, sight and hearing.

More information about the Recharge project can be found here.

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