Today what has been occurring on the roads is now happening on our pedestrian paths, footpaths or five-foot way, perhaps on a different level but the dangers are there. The authorities are not taking action fast enough.
These motorised two-wheelers are hogging the roads and pedestrian walkways. PMDs (Personal Mobility Devices), e-bikes, motorised bicycles, push-scooters, mopeds and self-balancing-electric scooters can be very dangerous if not properly controlled.
Stay safe, light up your machine https://movehappy.sg/night-riders-stay-safe-dark/
It's fine if riders follow the rules but situations are uneasy because four factors are felt when they use their machines indiscriminately on footpaths. Riders travel:
1) like greased lightnin',
2) at night without lights,
3) without a bicycle bell,
4) without a crash helmet.
Anyone could suffer injuries if knocked down. For Seniors, it can be fatal! According to the newspapers, a few were in trouble. Shouldn't riders go through a training course before they are allowed to use them in public?
Are we going to wait for more accidents to occur before tighter legislation is enforced? The machines aren't dangerous if the riders are careful.
Riders Beware. You Must:
a) Watch out for pedestrians all the time,
b) Control machine well,
c) Move carefully,
d) Have a bicycle bell,
e) Wear reflective clothes.
f) Wear a crash helmet.
Many pop songs from the west glorify motorcycles but forget the dangers these machines could pose on their riders and others.
Remember some of these songs from the 60's and 70's about motorcycles?
Vincent Black Lightning -Richard Thompson -1952
Leader Of The Pack - Shangri-Las - 1964
Little Honda - The Hondells - 1964
The Motor Cycle Song - Arlo Guthrie - 1967
Born To Be Wild -Steppenwolf - 1968
Ballad of Easy Rider - Roger McGuinn - 1969
Midnight Rider - The Allman Brothers - 1970
Too Old To Rock, Too Young To Die - Jethro Tull - 1976
Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf - 1977
Motor Cycle Mama - Neil Young - 1978
'Little Honda' by The Beach Boys. Video by Bonneville66. Thank you.
It is a bit of an exaggeration to compare huge motor-bikes to our motorised two-wheelers but the end result could be similar, that is, people may get hurt because the machine can be dangerous if the driver isn't careful.
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