Tourists Renting Bicycles in Seychelles Island La Digue : Is it dangerous?


For many years, the traditional Seychelles Island La Digue oxcart was the picture that dominated postcards and magazines when one wrote about the beautiful island of La Digue.

Bicycles soon became the transportation of choice for the locals as they were convenient, affordable, and quicker than the humble ox cart. Eager tourists have embraced the pleasures of riding a bicycle along the cobbled pathways crisscrossing the island, listening to the singing of the native birds and enjoying the sight of the waves lapping the sandy shores.

Hundreds and hundreds of bicycles are today available for hire on La Digue. Many enjoy this experience without any incident. However, we need to be reminded of those whose holidays have been cut short by tragic bicycle accidents, whose injuries may have been mitigated by the use of basic safety equipment, such as a helmet.

The island of La Digue has recorded several deaths by bicycle accidents, and also accidents causing serious injury, but have we learned our lessons from these incidents of the past?

On 14th February 2018, a well-reputed surgeon by profession, visitor to the island, fell from his bicycle after pedaling down a steep incline. He was not wearing a helmet. The injuries he sustained were life-threatening and he had to be airlifted out of the country with spine and neck injuries.

The cyclist was a guest at Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie of La Digue and the family of the injured are so thankful to Anny Esparon, the Front Office Manager of the Resort, who went above and beyond for the visitors to the Island.



Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.