SINGAPORE - Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said "most cyclists in Singapore are recreational ones" and that "only a small group use (bicycles) as their primary mode of transport" ("Sparring over Big Brother, cabs and cycling"; last Wednesday).
However, the hundreds of bicycles parked outside our MRT stations and in their vicinity show that many here are not mere recreational cyclists. There are also many foreign workers cycling on the road and footpaths every day.
A recent report mentioned that a cyclist who died in a traffic accident was a foreign worker ("Driver fined and banned over fatal accident at zebra crossing"; Feb 13).
I have also witnessed numerous near-accidents involving foreign worker cyclists. Nearly one-fifth of our population includes foreign workers, who should be included in our country's plans for transport infrastructure.
Amy Loh Chee Seen (Ms)
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