UPDATE [6 Aug 2019]: The PMD safety certification deadline has been moved forward to end June 2020. All non-UL2272 certified devices will be auto-deregistered and cannot be used in public after June 2020. Users can continue to ride only UL2272 certified personal mobility devices (PMDs) beyond June 2020 deadline.
You’re cruising down the lane on your electric scooter and you come to a fork — two roads diverged; one is a shared path while the other is a shared path.
Which one do you take? What exactly is the difference? Which one can you consider to be an escooter pathway? Read on to find out.
Where can I safely and confidently ride my electric scooter?
1.Pedestrian-only paths (cannot):
Bicycles, PMDs and e-scooters all can't be ridden on pedestrian-only paths. How do you identify these paths? Actually, they are known better as underpasses and overhead bridges. When you come across these paths, stop riding. Dismount and push instead.
2.Shared paths (can):
Shared paths are constructed to accommodate everyone with its large width. All joggers, cyclists and electric scooter riders are welcomed on such paths (they are also known as park connectors and cycling paths). Speedy pmds are welcomed so long as you are not riding faster than the 25 km/h speed limit on these paths. Shared path can, therefore, be considered escooter pathways.
But, if you break the rule and zoom faster than the speed limit, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will go after you. So don't.
Pavements are commonly found next to the street and some can be quite narrow in width. This may not sound like an ideal place to ride your e scooter. However, LTA is bringing down the speed limit of pmds from 15 km/h to 10 km/h to protect everyone's safety.
This will let both pedestrians and riders to have more time to react and avoid suffering any serious injuries. In the case that collisions occur, the slower speed will lessen the force of the accident and subsequently cause fewer injuries.
Footpaths are paths meant for people to walk on. However, escooters, self-balancing hoverboards and bicycles are not exempted from these paths. You have the same right to it as pedestrians.
Are you worried about exceeding the speed limit when riding on your escooter? The Segway ES2 comes with a dedicated app for you to limit its speed.
Once set, no matter how fast you scoot, you will definitely not exceed the speed limit. Pretty cool, right?
Read this to understand why the ES2 is the safest electric scooter in Singapore.
Of the numerous electric scooter models sold in Singapore, the ES2 is the only one with both the UL2272 safety certification and is LTA-approved. This news is big as only e scooters with the UL2272 safety certification can be ridden from January 2021 and beyond. Non-compliant ones will be banned.
Back to the question...
Shared paths or footpaths? It depends on your preference (and where you’re headed).
If you’re taking your electric scooter out for a leisurely ride during the weekend, park connectors (ie. shared paths) are the escooter pathways for you.
Park connectors in Singapore allow electric scooters and bicycles to cycle at the maximum speed of 25km per hour. This speed limit and spacious park paths will allow you to commute faster and more smoothly. In fact, you can scoot with your friends by the waterfront of our park connector networks (such as the Eastern Coastal Loop and Central Urban Loop).
If the main use of your e-scooter is for commuting or work for example professional food delivery riders for Deliveroo, FoodPanda and GrabFood, then you’ll need to rely a lot on pavements and footpaths to scoot around on. They are ideal escooter pathways for your ride.
First and last mile commuters will probably be using footpaths a lot too.
As Mighty Velo is the Official Distributor & Authorised Service Centre, when you get a UL2272-certified, LTA-approved electric scooter from us, you will enjoy a 12-month limited warranty and reliable after sales service.