Buggies Usage – Poses a Safety Concern to Public who want to Exercise

Buggies Usage – Poses a Safety Concern to Public who want to Exercise

By Rameshon
(Masters In Education, University of Western Australia, 2005 – 2008)

Sometimes, we can beautify a place by all our hard work. Yes, the place may look beautiful and scenic, finally. However, at the same time, certain conditions are important to be met such that the public can benefit as a whole, rather than it becomes a scenic thing, as focus must be on exercise pattern of public, so that their activities are not curtailed.  

A distant relation of mine visited us in Singapore. That was about 2-3 months back. He used to run at parks, sometimes at Botanic Gardens and at times at West Coast Park. Once he had a coincidence of coming too close range to a buggy, which was just behind him. From then on, he decided to give running in park a miss. When he left, he shared with me on his feedback and suggested some to me.

Once, he said that he had experienced excessive movement of buggies up and down. It could be such that it was hard to do some work in the morning and afternoon. So, some work are done at night as there are less people in the park at that time. However, in order not to procrastinate work, and expedite completion of a project, at night, there may be buggies moving up and down. This could sometimes pose a safety hazard, as there are some frequent users of the park at night as well, as the public see that Stadiums are closed at that time, or at some stadiums, the public may not have space or a lane to do one’s own exercise. They have been seen to zig-zag sometimes, and this setting does annoy many as they prefer a lane to run. The only way is to run at a certain time like 10pm etc.

There is no clear guideline on the rules of the track in some stadiums and it is for real. This, in fact, in the long run, poses a health care concern problem as inactivity may set in, and the Healthcare cost may become exorbitant in the long run, for the government and the individuals as well. Some may want to migrate to other countries as they find it is cheaper to stomach the cost in overseas. Nowadays, some guidelines are not really seen on the notice board, and at the same time, in some stadiums, there is no booking of the track or a field seen on notice board in some stadiums, although recommendations to put it up has been given.

In fact, coming back to buggies, on information on the movement of buggies, it was found that there was no notice board on the movement of the vehicles. It is wise for parks to put the movement of buggies so that one can avoid the ‘buggy traffic’ for the period. As for the parks, they can time it well such that between 6 30pm to 9pm, there will be good usage by people to exercise at that time, and it is a peak period at that time, buggies must give time for the general public to exercise. As for myself, I usually avoid 7 30pm to 8 30pm as there are sometimes quite frequent usage of buggies. I am always very fearful of anyone getting accident here. 

My cousin told that buggies should not park, anywhere they want. If possible, if it is near buildings, it impedes pedestrians and runners’ movement. Usually, the buggies should go to its parking area and should be contained there for safety reason. 

When people in buggies, start taking pictures on lamp post etc, it is wise to see that people are not behind in the background, as there may be kids or people in the background etc. It is wise not to include anyone in the background of a photo as it intrudes a person’s privacy although the buggy worker does a sincere work. 

One of the way, for Parks to support activities is to not park where the park user who may be a person who wants to exercise, or run for health. Even if they take half the road passageway, at one point, it makes people to be annoyed by the buggy to be parked to impede one’s movement. When buggies are frequently used, it actually restricts access for one to exercise and one may might well stay at home to watch the television programme, instead of exercising. Television watching will bring about inactivity, and inactivity will bring about television watching, as this has been repeatedly mentioned in studies and research, convincingly. 

It is a good idea to park at ‘Buggy Signage’ area for buggies which are back from their routine job. In short, it is good to operate and park the buggy in such a manner that they do not impede or interfere with normal pedestrian, exercising people, runners on roadways, paths, tracks, car parks, or pavements. 

Finally, buggy officers should be able to work with the public in a cooperative manner and not in an assertive way, and there must be an immediate feedback that the public can give, and follow up by officers to be taken. If an officer is not able to handle, a superior’s name should be mentioned there and then to expedite an issue. Follow up on the case is good for the public so that there is efficiency on part by the Parks.

Edited By Tan Mariviv!

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