Don't single out e-bike users in curbs on errant cyclists

While I agree that errant cyclists should be taken to task, I hope that the authorities will not single out certain categories of bicycles.

Electric bicycle (e-bike) users seem to face a lot more restrictions than users of other bicycles ("Take firm action against modified e-bike users, shops" by Mr Edwin Pang; Monday, and "Modified e-bikes raise safety concerns"; Oct 4).

Unlike other cyclists, e-bike users are required by law to wear helmets and are not allowed along park connectors and in parks.

The speed of e-bikes is also curbed at 25kmh. Mountain bikes and road bikes, however, can reach speeds of 30kmh to 40kmh or more.

Perhaps the Land Transport Authority (LTA) could consider allowing e-bikes to have a maximum speed of 30kmh or 35kmh instead. This will give users less incentive to request more power and speed.

The LTA should make it compulsory for all cyclists to wear helmets.

It should also allow e-bikes into our parks and park connectors, but put up signs to inform all cyclists to slow down and give way to pedestrians.

I also do not see why e-bike users are not allowed to have a throttle on their bikes.

The throttle serves to help the rider start the motor from a stationary position.

Using the throttle drains the battery much faster, so users would be wise to use it sparingly.

In the end, the onus is on the cyclist, regardless of the type of bicycle, to show courtesy on the road and to take the necessary steps to ensure his own safety and that of other road users.

Alan Yeo Wai Mun

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2015, with the headline 'Don't single out e-bike users in curbs on errant cyclists'. Print Edition | Subscribe