As more and more people ride Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs) and bicycles, it’s important that we practice safe riding habits to ensure the safety of all, especially for vulnerable folks likes the elderly and mobility-impaired people.
Here are some common reckless riding habits to avoid:
This isn’t The Fast and The Furious: Riding Edition.
Your house isn’t on fire and your loved ones aren’t in mortal danger.
Regardless of whether you’re cycling on the roads, shared paths or footpaths, it’s always important to observe the speed limit in order to help brake in time or avoid obstacles. At the same time, it helps to reduce the chance of riders being flung off their devices should they slam on their brakes.
And if you ever forget the speed limit, Move Happy is also here to remind you with this video.
Just remember, it’s 15km/h for footpaths…
And 25km/h on cycling or shared paths.
Riding through crowds
Pop star Miley Cyrus once sang: “I came in like a wrecking ball.” Well, that’s precisely what will happen if PMD or bike users bulldoze their way through a crowd.
This is why it’s advisable to dismount and walk your way through crowded areas or slow down when approaching bus stops. The last thing you would want to do is to land a poor soul in an Accident & Emergency (A&E) department just because you misjudged your navigational skills.
And if, in the unfortunate event that an accident occurs, always be ready to lend a helping hand and exchange particulars after the incident.
Not observing traffic rules
Come on, this is safety 101. There isn’t a need to reiterate this. Whether you’re on the path or the road, cyclists are not exempt from rules. However, there are some who feel otherwise, resulting in close calls.
How can cyclists avoid such near misses? Elementary, my dear Watson.
It’s as easy as one, two and three. Firstly, observe traffic rules when cycling on the path or the road – this includes not riding in a reckless manner and obeying traffic lights. Secondly, on-road cyclists should use hand signals to signal intent before turning, stopping or switching lanes. Thirdly, cycle as close as practicable to the left side of the road.
Scooting on the road
If it’s not been grilled into your consciousness then let this article be a reminder again – PMDs such as e-scooters and kick scooters are most definitely not allowed on the roads, regardless of how highly skilled your scooting skills may be.
PMDs are usually smaller in size which means that users on these devices tend not to be very visible to other vehicles on the roads, which poses a hazard for themselves and other road users.
Not switching on your lights at night
When it’s dark and there are no lights, can you see anything?
So it’s therefore never a safe idea to cycle or ride at night without turning your front and rear lights on, or wear dark-coloured clothes.
Unless your intent is to fight crime under cover of darkness, PMD and bicycle users should wear bright or luminous attire, and switch on their front white light and rear red lights.
These safety practices may seem intuitive, but sometimes, a friendly reminder is all we need to R-O-C-K. What’s that? Be a little more (R)esponsible, (O)bservant, (C)onsiderate and (K)ind. Other road and path users will love you for it.
(article updated as of 15 Nov 2017)