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The sliding bench

By SYF77 on 21 Jul 2011

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Last weekend, I took bus CT 18 from the bus stop near my flat to Chinatown. The waiting time for CT 18 can be quite long as its frequency is not very regular. I decided to find myself a seat at the bus stop. There are two rows of benches at the bus stop – one with lower height and a horizontal top, while the taller bench comes with a tilted top.

The lower bench seemed to be more popular as it was fully occupied and I have to make do with the taller one. Upon sitting on it, I understand why it was not the preferred choice. As a result of the tilted top, one’s bottom has the tendency to slide off the surface. To overcome this, some people would move their bottom backwards to achieve better balance. However, those without the blessing of Yao Ming’s genes would have their feet hanging in the air unsupported. This is illustrated in the image above. In addition, the bench seemed too high for the average Singaporean, as shown by the auntie who has to point her toes to touch the ground. (Refer to image below).

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I am puzzled by the rationale for making the bench seat tilted. If it is done for ergonomics reason, the designer has made a big mistake.

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The lower bench

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Watwheels Jul 21 2011 04:53 PM
It's to prevent the homeless guy from sleeping on it....
Silver_blade Jul 21 2011 10:29 PM
These are essentially a bum-rest, not quite meant to be a bench. So It make sense to have it slightly tilted. But why some are tilted and some are not...maybe LTA also couldn't make up their mind if these are meant to be bum-rest or bench.
Nelmo Jul 21 2011 11:43 PM
if it's really the case, shouldn't the authorities do something about the homeless guy? like getting him into a job or whatever to earn himself a roof instead of coming up with such designs where 1 couldn't stand or sit against it properly?

just my point of view.
Eugn86 Jul 25 2011 01:47 PM
They should have made the bum-rest slightly lower. I'm 1.73m but when I try to keep myself from sliding in a position as described, my feet can't touch the ground.
Dwee Sep 07 2011 06:25 PM
Is my first time yesterday that I had step into a bus-stop after about 15 years . Didn't even noticed that the seats have became slanted bench . Tried sitting on it , is really not comfortable at all . Maybe I'm short .
In addition , the new fleet of buses are all equipped with cameras internally and externally . All out to catch those passengers for not paying the fares and drivers that went into their bus lane . So scary ....
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