Address 'software' issues in shared-path, car-lite endeavours

The case of the electric scooter user zooming along Mandai Road is just the tip of the iceberg ("Clip of e-scooter user overtaking bus sparks safety concerns"; Sept 24).

In the past two to three months, I have seen many examples of dangerous and inconsiderate use of personal mobility devices (PMDs).

For instance, a woman cyclist with her toddler riding pillion shot across the slipway exit from the Central Expressway/Balestier Road in front of my car.

Another e-bike rider with an odd-looking helmet weaved unsteadily along Upper Thomson Road, carrying a pillion rider without a helmet.

A senior on a three-wheeled e-scooter scolded people who were slow to make way for him when he rode down a crowded lane within a wet market in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10.

Recreational cyclists took up a whole lane on the road by riding two or three abreast, talking, laughing and occasionally stretching out their arms to gesture, oblivious to the passing traffic.

There has been news on various infrastructure projects and schemes to promote a car-lite society.

What is less prominent is education for users of PMDs, rules and etiquette on cycling, and monitoring and enforcement procedures for rule violations.

These must go hand in hand with infrastructure development. To be effective, they need to be widely and regularly disseminated to the public through various media.

A safe and considerate cycling culture is practically non-existent here. Cyclists break rules with impunity. The laissez-faire environment has resulted in a growing mentality of entitlement among PMD users.

Perhaps some aspects of the car-lite plan have not been thought through thoroughly enough.

It is time the authorities started addressing these "software" issues in a big way, and not just focus on the "hardware".

Ng Chor Chye