Responsible cycling can make sport a joy

Cycling gives me tremendous joy, and I look forward to donning my gear in the morning and heading out on hour-long rides during weekdays.

I have learnt some things as a cyclist.

  • Pedestrians have the right of way.

It took me some time to appreciate this mindset, but once I did, cycling took a turn for me and became a greater pleasure.

I have even made some friends along the way.

  • There is an effective way to ring a bicycle bell.

A light and single tinkle at the correct distance when necessary will not annoy anyone, and most pedestrians will gladly give way.

A "thank you" or a wave is a good way to show appreciation for the pedestrian's effort.

  • There are stretches where cyclists can ride as fast as they want, such as along canals or parks.

But there are other stretches where we have to slow down, such as at bus stops and if there is another vehicle or pedestrian in the opposite direction.

  • It is all right to switch between a bike path and footpath, but discretion is needed.

At all times, it is important to keep a lookout to see if anyone is coming down from steps or walkways leading to the path, as not everyone is alert at all times.

  • Do not dash across the road, even if you have the right of way, as some traffic lights have "blind spots", and motorists may not be able to react in time.

Christine Rangel (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 29, 2016, with the headline 'Responsible cycling can make sport a joy'. Print Edition | Subscribe