UPDATE [6 Aug 2019]: The PMD safety certification deadline has been moved forward to July 2020. All non-UL2272 certified devices will be auto-deregistered and cannot be used in public after July 2020. Users can continue to ride only UL2272 certified PMDs beyond the July 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 ride on your electric scooter? Read on to find out.
Where can I safety and confidently ride my electric scooter?
Bicycles pmds and e scooters and pmds 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. If you are face-to-face with these paths, stop riding. Dismount and push instead.
Bottom line: Hard nope.
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.
If you break the rule and zoom faster than the speed limit, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will go after you. So don't.
Bottom line: Of course!
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, e scooters, self-balancing hoverboards and bicycles are not exempted from these paths. You have the same right to it as pedestrians.
Bottom line: This may be unexpected to some, but yes.
Are you worried about exceeding the speed limit when riding on your e scooter? 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 e 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 way to go.
The greater speed limit and increased spaciousness allows you to commute faster and more smoothly. In fact, you can make call for a whole group outing and enjoy a picnic with friends by the waterfronts of a few connector networks (such as the Eastern Coastal Loop and Central Urban Loop) in Singapore.
If the main use of your e scooter is for commuting or work (we are talking to our Deliveroo, foodpanda and honestbee food delivery riders), then you’ll need to rely a lot on pavements and footpaths to scoot you around.
First and last mile commuters will probably be hitting a lot on footpaths too.
As the Official Distributor & Authorised Repair Centre, shop for a UL2272-certified, LTA-approved electric scooter from us so you can be eligible for the one year free warranty for the e scooter frame, good after sales services and more.