Restrict cycling on roads to off-peak hours

Restrict cycling on roads to off-peak hours
Given the tropical climate, infrastructure should be designed to promote continuity of movement for pedestrians and cyclists.

I refer to the reports and readers' views published in The New Paper last week, about a cyclist who was involved in two incidents with motorists.

I don't understand what Mr Steven Lim, president of the Safe Cycling Task Force, said under the headline "Was the cyclist wrong? Yes" (The New Paper, Oct 18).

He seems to be of the view that the cyclist should have slowed down and signalled as he approached the turning into the condominium.

But when the cyclist is going straight, he need not signal as he has the right of way.

Indeed, it could be a case of the driver cutting into the path of the cyclist which would come under dangerous or inconsiderate driving.

The driver should have signalled to indicate her intention to turn, and made sure the way was clear on the left before turning.

As for the views of MPs Irene Ng and Teo Ser Luck, I fully agree that cycling on public roads can be dangerous and that it should be done only during nonpeak periods.

In Tampines, it is already legal to cycle on footpaths. Why not legalise footpath cycling islandwide?

I would suggest that sports cycling be allowed on the roads only between 10am and 4pm on weekdays, and between 7am and 6pm on Sundays.

Loh Che Wei


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