More work needed before e-scooters, pedestrians can co-exist

It is disturbing to see more and more people - young and old - using e-scooters on our park connectors, with scant regard for other users (Review safety rules for riding e-scooters, by Dr Peter Goh Soo Huat; Aug 31).

I have often encountered riders who weave in and out of the path with little warning and at great speed. It is difficult for pedestrians to avoid them.

Many of these riders seem to use the park connectors as short-cuts or an alternative to travelling on the main roads, which are less safe for them.

However, the riders pose a danger to other users of the park connectors.

There are clear signs prohibiting the use of motorised vehicles on these paths.

But e-scooter riders have argued that, in line with the car-lite policy and various green initiatives, measures could be considered to allow such vehicles to use them, provided they meet stringent safety criteria such as a speed limit.

These riders contend that bicycles travel at high speeds as well, thereby also posing a safety hazard to park connector users.

It is a fact that e-scooters are here to stay. We can expect to see a lot more of them on our park connectors, five-foot ways and other areas.

It is time the authorities revisit this subject and come up with rules that enable pedestrians and riders to use the park connectors in a safe manner.

V. Subramaniam (Dr)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 07, 2017, with the headline 'More work needed before e-scooters, pedestrians can co-exist'. Print Edition | Subscribe