Focus on responsible cycling

Many readers have written letters arguing both for and against bicycle licensing.

However, the main issue is not bike licensing; instead, it is about pedestrians' safety and irresponsible cyclists on the roads and walkways.

A bike-licensing system costs public money and does not achieve its main objective.

We need to look at the root cause of the issue.

We first need to focus on building infrastructure to meet the requirements of all road and walkway users.

Second, we need clear and enforceable rules on proper road use for both cyclists and pedestrians.

Third, we need education for all road users on proper rules and regulations.

Finally, and most importantly, we need to have an open heart and a give-and-take attitude, so as to enjoy the shared space.

Leong Kok Seng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2016, with the headline 'Focus on responsible cycling'. Print Edition | Subscribe