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Make pathways more friendly for wheelchair users

As the Land Transport Authority increases the cycling paths, I hope it will also consider the disabled and wheelchair users (Cycling network in Tampines to be tripled by 2022; Sept 26).

We need to understand the difficulties people with disabilities and wheelchair users face, and make pathways more user-friendly for them.

Footpaths are getting more dangerous, with speeding e-scooters, e-bikes and regular bicycles.

At present, wheelchair users often find themselves competing and colliding with such riders and pedestrians.

Many times, accidents occur because the able-bodied are not looking at where they are going, or not giving way to those with disabilities.

Perhaps we should construct a dedicated lane for wheelchair users and others with disabilities, especially in the "silver zone" estates. We must also drive home the point that the lane is for them and it should be designed in such a way that it is accessible to people with limited mobility.

Everyone should be able to enjoy the outdoors, regardless of their ability.

Francis Cheng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 01, 2017, with the headline 'Make pathways more friendly for wheelchair users'. Print Edition | Subscribe