Set speed limits on all motorised vehicles

In this age of advancing technology, there is a plethora of fast-moving metal vehicles on pedestrian pathways - bicycles, motorised scooters, motorised skateboards, motorised unicycles and Segways, just to name a few.

They are surreptitiously usurping the pedestrian walkways, and their numbers are increasing by leaps and bounds.

Any metallic object travelling at speeds faster than pedestrians using the same path will inevitably collide with the human traffic.

Pedestrians are constantly in fear of being knocked down.

Is the Land Transport Authority going to regulate the speeds of all these vehicles?

If riders wish to use the pedestrian paths, they should dismount and walk at the same pace as the pedestrians.

There should be a uniform policy to deal with these new forms of transportation, not just bicycles ("Speed limits for cyclists"; Jan 30).

I suggest that all motorised vehicles and bicycles - regardless of shape or size - be disallowed from using the pedestrian pathways.

These vehicles should use only dedicated cycling paths.

If riders wish to use the pedestrian paths, they should dismount and walk at the same pace as the pedestrians.

This is fair to the unprotected pedestrians.

Let us not allow modern technology to deprive the common man of enjoying a safe and unhindered walk.

George Wong Seow Choon (Dr)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 08, 2016, with the headline 'Set speed limits on all motorised vehicles'. Print Edition | Subscribe