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Cyclists caught flouting rules

They have been caught on video as they negotiate pedestrian crossings at road junctions while the lights were not in their favour. -My Paper
Haley Chan

Mon, Feb 04, 2013
My Paper

DANGEROUS: A driver had to brake to let this cyclist and his pillion rider make their way across a pedestrian crossing in Woodlands.

CYCLISTS have been caught on video as they negotiated pedestrian crossings at road junctions while the lights were not in their favour.

Captured by in-car cameras, these videos were posted on citizen-journalism website Stomp over the weekend.

They come after an accident last Monday, in which two boys were killed at a Tampines junction after a cement-mixer truck collided with the bicycle they were on.

In one video, said to have been filmed in Toa Payoh Lorong 4 last Saturday, a young woman is seen riding her bicycle along a pedestrian crossing, even though the traffic lights are in the favour of road vehicles. A car is seen slowing down as the cyclist passes in front of it. She then stops at the road divider before cycling on.

A second video depicts a similar situation, with a man cycling along a pedestrian crossing as a girl rides pillion, despite the red man coming on. The driver of the car that recorded the footage had to brake to let the cyclist pass.

The contributor of the Stomp video, who wanted to be known only as Mr Chan, 46, told My Paper that he had been behind the car's wheel and that the video was shot in Woodlands in May.

The senior manager at a multinational corporation said he posted the video after the Tampines accident to "raise awareness among cyclists (of the need) to dismount from their bicycles" at pedestrian crossings.

Second Minister for Home Affairs & Trade and Industry S. Iswaran said last Thursday that the Traffic Police are reviewing efforts to ramp up road safety through enforcement and education.

Meanwhile, preliminary data from the Department of Statistics showed that the number of cyclists injured in road accidents has fallen.

There were 359 cases in the first 11 months of last year, compared to 456 for the same period in 2011. The number of cyclists killed remained the same at 15.

On whether cyclists have a role to play in road safety and if more needs to be done to educate them, Mr Cedric Foo, chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Transport, said "every road user has a role".

"One may get (away with) flouting traffic rules over and over again, but all it takes is one fateful accident for a lifetime of regrets," he said.

The safe-cycling guidelines by the Traffic Police encourage cyclists to dismount and push their bicycles across pedestrian crossings.

Mr Roger Krempl, a manager at the Singapore Cyclist Federation, said the Government should "educate motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike in order to avoid...accidents in the future".

hchan@sph.com.sg


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