Stop the bicycle chaos on pavements, roads

 A woman riding her bicycle on a bridge at Bishan Park on Oct 28, 2014 with a sign showing cyclists are to dismount and push their bikes on the bridge.
A woman riding her bicycle on a bridge at Bishan Park on Oct 28, 2014 with a sign showing cyclists are to dismount and push their bikes on the bridge. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

It is high time that we implement and enforce bicycle licensing here ("Bicycle licensing necessary to curb errant riding" by Ms Amy Loh Chee Seen; last Wednesday).

Only by doing so will these riders obey the traffic rules and, hence, ensure the safety of themselves and other road users.

Currently, cyclists do not adhere to any rules.

Cyclists ride unperturbed on pavements close to markets and shops, despite the people - from small children to the elderly - all around them.

These people are most vulnerable to physical injury.

Many incidents happen when speeding cyclists lose control of their bicycles.

I was once almost hit when a cyclist could not stop in time.

It turned out that the cyclist's bicycle did not even have brakes.

In the 1970s, bicycles carried licence plates and were registered.

Cyclists had to ensure their bicycles were roadworthy and complied with safety requirements such as having good tyres and front and rear lights.

They also had to observe all traffic signs and not go against the traffic flow.

Policemen patrolled the neighbourhood and would stop cyclists who flouted the rules.

I hope the authorities of today will enforce the necessary rules to enhance pedestrian safety and stop this chaos on the roads and pavements.

Syed Alwi Altahir

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 08, 2016, with the headline 'Stop the bicycle chaos on pavements, roads'. Print Edition | Subscribe