For 40 years, security supervisor Tay Kim Yong, 68, rode a motorcycle, but decided to switch to a safer mode of transport about 1½ years ago.
Now, his commute from his home in Tampines to his workplace in Ubi every day is a less stressful 45-minute ride on an e-scooter.
"At my age, it is dangerous to still ride a motorcycle on the road with other vehicles," he said.
"I don't have to worry about colliding with other vehicles when I use my e-scooter on shared paths."
He said he sticks to speed limits designated by the authorities, which are capped at 25kmh on cycling paths or park connectors, and 10kmh on footpaths.
Mr Tay, whose grown-up children have moved out of the family's four-room flat, prefers his e-scooter over public transport, which shortens his journey by 10 minutes, but requires him to walk a distance from the bus stop to his workplace.
"I have some knee problems, so if I walk or cycle for a distance, it will start to hurt," he said.
Mr Tay hopes the devices will not be banned, as he relies on his e-scooter, not only to get to work, but also to carry out chores such as grocery shopping.
Like others, he is also wary of reckless personal mobility device users. "Sometimes, even when they are oncoming, they will just zoom past me," he said. "My goodness, it is very bad to ride like that."
To ensure that he does not fall foul of rules, Mr Tay reads and collects newspaper articles on the subject.
"I would never speed. It is quite risky, and if you hit someone, you will have a lot of issues," he said.
He hopes enforcement efforts will help to weed out errant users, and make the paths safer for both e-scooter and road users.
Mr Tay also hopes that pedestrians would do their part in making path-sharing safer.
He said: "I see a lot of people holding their mobile phones and looking at videos and messages when they walk.
"Sometimes they plug in their earpiece and they can't hear us even if we ring our bells... that is another hazard."
Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.
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