Monday, 7 September 2009

Pedestrians - a Dying Species on Singapore's Footpaths

Given the Singapore Police's indifference to enforcing the law prohibiting bicyclists from pedestrian walkways, one can only hope that pogo sticks will not find their way into Singapore soon!
The old fashioned pogo stick, a simple stick for kids to bounce around on, was first patented in the US in 1919. The new millennium has not left the simple pogo stick behind.
The new extreme pogo stick can send users flying 5 feet or more in the air. New technologies including employing compressed air in place of traditional springs to power the bounce are being tested all the time.
At the recent 'World Championships' of extreme pogo the highest jump came in at 8 feet 6 inches (2.59 metres). The Pittsburgh event attracted 60 riders mainly from the US although Canada and the UK were also represented.
Singapore's cyclists do not give a hoot about ploughing down walkers if push comes to shove so imagine the regard pogists will have for the lowly person on foot?
The question now is what comes first – 'Sidewalk Rage' (a type of road rage for frustrated pedestrians) or extreme pogo sticks pushing amblers completely off the footpath (built specifically for walkers).

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