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LTA must emphasize KEEP LEFT rule for harmony to prevail on shared footpaths.

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    LTA must emphasize KEEP LEFT rule for harmony to prevail on shared footpaths.

    Keeping left is a form of courtesy to other shared footpath users as it facilitates smooth overtaking with less delay and unpleasant encounters. Overtaking PMDs also have to exercise good speed control, judgement and polite warning so that pedestrians do not get startled by either close by or sudden overtaking.

    Nicely designed pedestrian road crossing point but pedestrians seem to need proper training and advice to accept /appreciate:

    Sentosa dev corp not setting the example right by installing a keep right travellator / pedestrian boardwalk between Vivo City and Sentosa.

    More work needed before e-scooters, pedestrians can co-exist
    PUBLISHED. SEP 7, 2017, 5:00 AM SGT
    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)


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