To be like cycling city Amsterdam, follow its rules

The sharing of footpaths with cyclists and users of personal mobility devices is dangerous for pedestrians, as there are many children who run around on the footpaths, thinking that it is safe to do so ("Bicycles, e-scooters may be allowed on footpaths by year end"; Wednesday).

An e-scooter rider can go faster than a cyclist. If there is an accident, who is going to bear the injured party's costs?

It is a good idea to have extra modes of transport for people.

But if the Government intends to have cyclists on footpaths, like in Amsterdam, there must be a designated bike path, just like the ones in Amsterdam ("Without proper infrastructure, we may be inviting trouble" by Mr Thomas Richard Prakasam; Thursday).

Singapore has to be prepared to fully implement the same measures as the ones in Amsterdam.

The Government should also look into ensuring that all bicycles and e-scooters are registered before they can be used in Singapore, as well as compulsory insurance for such vehicles.

Manpower has to be deployed at both high- and low-traffic footpaths, especially park connectors and bridges, to ensure that riders keep to speed limits.

Currently, e-scooter riders often speed on pedestrian walkways, and no one is regulating them or protecting pedestrians from them.

The Government has to seriously look into all these issues.

Koh Bong Ngai

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2016, with the headline 'To be like cycling city Amsterdam, follow its rules'. Print Edition | Subscribe