E-scooters banned on footpaths: More crucial to build a viable walkway network, say experts

Ban a right move as current infrastructure does not support co-existence of riders, pedestrians

Current sidewalk infrastructure are not viable for PMDs and pedestrians to co-exist because of reckless riders who endanger pedestrians.
Current sidewalk infrastructure are not viable for PMDs and pedestrians to co-exist because of reckless riders who endanger pedestrians.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Restricting the use of electric scooters on footpaths is a step in the right direction, but building a network of pedestrian walkways is also crucial for first-and last-mile commutes, experts told The Straits Times.

Current sidewalk infrastructure - pedestrian paths and park connector networks - are not viable for personal mobility devices (PMDs) and pedestrians to co-exist because of reckless riders who endanger pedestrians.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 05, 2019, with the headline 'More crucial to build a viable walkway network: Experts'. Print Edition | Subscribe