Singapore not ready for cycling culture

Bicycles - motorised or manual - should not be encouraged as a means of transport in Singapore, for safety reasons.

In Copenhagen, which is well known as a cycling city, traffic is not heavy and there is a wide bicycle track for cyclists running parallel to the main road.

Cyclists, therefore, can ride safely without getting hit by any vehicle.

In Singapore, however, cyclists share the same busy roads with other vehicles.

Many cyclists also do not know the traffic rules, and may court danger without being aware of it.

Many drivers also may not know how to react to avoid accidents with cyclists.

These factors increase the risk of cyclists getting injured or killed in an accident here.

Singapore is not ready for a cycling culture.

We need time to educate all road users as well as provide the necessary infrastructure to ensure that cyclists can be safe on the road.

Yeo Boon Eng (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 28, 2015, with the headline 'Singapore not ready for cycling culture'. Print Edition | Subscribe