Make safe-cycling lessons compulsory

Mr Leong Kok Seng hit the nail on the head when he wrote that "we need education for all road users on proper rules and regulations", in reference to the issue of cycling on our roads and pedestrian pavements ("Focus on responsible cycling"; Feb 17).

In order for the authorities to tackle the mounting problem of irresponsible cyclists who pose unnecessary dangers on roads, pavements and to vulnerable pedestrians, we need a clearly defined set of cycling rules and a strong public education drive for cyclists.

The authorities could consider pushing for cycling safety courses to be conducted at the community level, perhaps starting with cycling schools.

Cycling parks, near Rail Mall and along the stretch of the former Malayan Railway tracks, for instance, may be constructed to cater to this need.

This could be an encouraging sign for the public.

Enthusiastic certified cycling instructors could be roped in to take the lead to conduct safe cycling courses for our community.

The People's Association could consider initiating this cycling programme to enhance cyclists' safety consciousness when interacting with road users. It could also aim to correct and fine-tune risky and poor cycling habits.

The authorities could make such safe cycling courses compulsory for the cycling population in Singapore.

If cyclists refuse to sign up for such courses, they have to be barred from the roads temporarily.

Cyclists who have finished a reasonable period of cycling safety lessons should be given badges.

Certified cycling instructors can evaluate groups of cyclists periodically to ensure their safety consciousness on roads and pavements.

Ada Chan Siew Foen (Ms)