Reconsider plans for shared footpaths

Earlier this year, The Straits Times ran photos of a toddler's injuries after he had been hit by a bicycle ("Woman seeks cyclist who knocked down son for 'closure'"; Jan 12).

Then, yesterday, I read of a housewife who is in a coma after being knocked down by an electric scooter ("Woman still unconscious after e-scooter accident").

I have been hit twice by bicycles while walking and have witnessed several collisions between bicycles and pedestrians.

It is time to drop the ill-conceived idea of making it legal for cyclists and users of personal mobility devices to travel on the same footpath as vulnerable pedestrians, such as the elderly, children and people walking their dogs ("Bicycles, e-scooters may be allowed on footpaths by year end"; April 13).

A recent survey showed that most people use their bicycles for leisure. There are plenty of parks with cycle paths for this healthy activity.

But footpaths should remain a safe route for pedestrians and should continue to be off limits to any kind of vehicle.

Allein Godfrey Moore

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 23, 2016, with the headline 'Reconsider plans for shared footpaths'. Print Edition | Subscribe