Govt considering speed limits for cycling in parks and park connectors

Mr Lin showing Kyle's bloodstained top - the 3-year-old had one of his teeth knocked out in the crash. He also had bruises, a swollen lip and a 1cm cut on his chin.
PHOTO: Lianhe Wanbao

SINGAPORE - Speed limits for cycling in parks and park connectors are being considered by the government, according to Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo.

Speaking in Parliament earlier today (Jan 29), Mrs Teo said that a report on the matter will most likely be released in the second quarter of this year.

This comes after a three-year-old boy, Kyle Lin, was hit by a cyclist at Serangoon Park Connector on Jan 10 this year. 

According to his father, Lin Jianxong, the collision left the child with bruises, a swollen lip and a 1cm cut on his lip.

 

This spurred many to call for action, resulting in a report that will be released by the Active Mobility Advisory Panel, which will include rules and safety guidelines for users of personal mobility devices.

According to a Channel NewsAsia report, Mrs Teo said that Kyle's "parents were very sensible and mature in their handling of the matter".

She further added that cyclists have a responsibility to not "endanger others through inconsiderate, reckless or irresponsible behaviour", and that the police will take action against errant cyclists. 

While Mrs Teo said that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) is developing a National Cyclist Education Programme with the Singapore Road Safety Council (SRSC), she also said in response to MP Tan Wu Meng's query about whether the Transport Ministry would require bicycles to have license plates, that such a policy would face practical difficulties.

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