Cycle safety in spotlight

Cycle safety in spotlight
The vast majority of cyclists enjoyed an incident-free event but issues have been raised by some participants.

SINGAPORE - Congestion, poor cycling etiquette, a growing number of participants and conflicting expectations of the event led to accidents at the OCBC Cycle Singapore.

Cyclists whom The Straits Times spoke to said there was a high occurrence of congestion and crashes in the mass ride categories on Sunday, which saw more than 10,000 participants taking part.

First-time participant Kenneth Tham, 39, who witnessed two accidents, was then involved in a third himself on the downward slope of the Benjamin Sheares Bridge.

Though the hairstylist emerged unscathed, he said the other rider needed to be taken to hospital by ambulance.

Organisers reported that 19 riders were sent to the hospital, with 16 treated and discharged on the same day.

Two, who are in stable condition, remain warded while national serviceman Chia Wee Kiat is in the intensive care unit of Singapore General Hospital because of a serious head injury.

Said Tham, who rides about three to four times a week: "There are bound to be accidents on downward slopes like that.

"Maybe some riders haven't ridden downslope before and they panic, jam their brakes and fall. The people behind them will fall too."

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