I support the Land Transport Authority's restrictions on motorised bicycles, in view of adverse overseas reports on these devices.
In China, for instance, there has been a surge in motorised bicycle-related deaths over the past few years, in tandem with their growing use.
A study in the Netherlands comparing motorised bicycles with non-motorised ones showed that while the severity of crashes involving both types of devices was comparable, users of motorised bicycles were more likely to require treatment at an emergency department.
Researchers noted that cyclists reporting speeds above 25kmh prior to their crashes were more likely to be hospitalised than those reporting lower speeds.
Mr Leong Kok Seng noted that, in Singapore, users of motorised bicycles are usually older people who may not have the strength to ride a non-motorised bicycle ("Don't ban electric devices, widen pavements instead"; last Thursday).
However, it may also be argued that older people should avoid using motorised bicycles because their slower reflexes make it more difficult for them to react quickly to avoid a collision.
Chan Yeow Chuan
This article was first published on Oct 28, 2014.
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