Stickers to be allowed on iconic Tuas lamp post 1 in exception made
The decision was made after discussions with relevant Government agencies, said Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung.
What else can a street lamp post do other than providing light for vehicles at night?
It can also serve as an iconic spot for cyclists in Singapore, so much so that it even has a pin on Google Maps and gets authorities to make an exemption to existing rules.
On Thursday (Jan 7), Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung announced via a Facebook post that stickers on Tuas lamp post 1 will be allowed to remain.
The lamp post was recently thrusted into the spotlight after stickers on the lamp post were removed by street light maintenance contractors. The removal caused dismay among the local cyclist community.
Cyclists would often paste stickers on the lamp post, as a mark of them reaching one of the most remote places in Singapore. They would also pose for photos with the well-known pitstop situated at the tail end of Tuas South Boulevard.
In his Facebook post, Mr Ong acknowledged Tuas lamp post 1 as “a special spot to help cyclists find their way”. He added that after discussions with the Land Transport Authority and JTC, a decision to make an exception for the lamp post was made.
“These are little exceptions to the rule, which do not cause disamenities or pose safety hazards to the public, to brighten up life in Singapore,” he added.
“Urban folklore has it that cyclists on round-island trips will make a pit stop there, where they will take photos with the lamp post, and leave their favourite stickers behind,” Mr Ong wrote.
“Many were sad to see these stickers go when street light maintenance contractors cleared them during a routine inspection.”
He added: “I should visit this lamp post one day.”