LTA's stance on bike licensing disappointing

I am very disappointed with the Land Transport Authority's (LTA) reply ("LTA: Bicycle licensing not practical"; yesterday).

It shows it is more concerned about the hassle of policing than about the safety of people.

The statement that "most cyclists are considerate people" shows that LTA staff need to get out from behind their desks and see what is happening on the ground.

Many letters have been written about the frustrations of pedestrians over inconsiderate cyclists.

Many cyclists ride on pathways and speed through bus stops. They also expect people to give way to them, believing they have the right of way. Many do not apologise when they knock pedestrians down on pathways.

Just last week, I was hit by a bicycle while trying to board a bus.

The frustrating thing is that the cyclist did not apologise. Instead, he asked why I wasn't looking where I was going, and rode off. Luckily, I was not seriously hurt.

Since the LTA is developing a set of rules and code of conduct on cycling, it would be helpful if it stationed officers at places such as bus stops to observe the behaviour of cyclists in pedestrians' space, and come up with ways to prevent accidents.

Any ongoing education on cycling etiquette doesn't seem to be bringing results.

Lim Tong Wah

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2016, with the headline 'LTA's stance on bike licensing disappointing'. Print Edition | Subscribe