Allowing cycling on footpaths will promote healthier lifestyles

Having bicycles on footpaths benefits not only cyclists but also the public ("Bicycles, e-scooters may be allowed on footpaths by year end"; Wednesday).

Although pedestrian walkways will be a little more crowded, the move will ensure that cyclists are in a safer environment than if they were on roads.

Also, it will encourage more to choose bicycles over cars and public transport when travelling short distances.

It will be heartening to see more people choosing to walk and cycle instead of relying on cars all the time. This form of daily exercise will go a long way in promoting healthy lifestyles.

Nevertheless, the different users of a footpath will have to cooperate with one another and share it, so that it will be a conducive environment for all to enjoy.

Cheng Zhaoyi (Miss)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2016, with the headline 'Allowing cycling on footpaths will promote healthier lifestyles'. Print Edition | Subscribe