Young, reckless riders shouldn't be using e-bikes

Making the wrong decision on whether to allow motorised bicycles, or e-bikes, on footpaths could result in more lives lost ("Bicycles, e-scooters may be allowed on footpaths by year end"; April 13).

It is dangerous for riders of e-bikes to be on the road, as vehicles such as lorries and trailers cannot see them.

It is said that e-bikes are dangerous. However, the problem is not e-bikes, but the riders on them.

Many people, such as senior citizens and housewives, need e-bikes for their daily commute and to help them go about their lives, such as doing grocery shopping.

These riders are well-behaved. Senior citizens, like myself, usually ride at a slow speed, which allows us to better control the e-bike.

Because many of us may have weak legs or have undergone knee operations, a throttle is necessary, especially when going up a slope.

It is unfair to blame us for reckless behaviour and speeding.

The culprits are younger riders, who ride at fast speeds and modify their e-bikes.

A higher age limit should be set for the use of e-bikes. Young, reckless riders should be banned.

Those aged above 50 or 55 should be allowed to use these e-bikes on pedestrian pavements.

Senior citizens should not be riding on the road, for safety's sake.

Let us not respond just to the functional or health-related issues of our seniors, but their social and emotional needs as well.

Lee Aik Tiong