The Straits Times
Published on Nov 13, 2012

Crack down on errant cyclists


I COMMEND The Straits Times for the report ("Japan's kamikaze cyclists"; Nov 5).

Some time ago, there was a call by cycling enthusiasts for laws to protect cyclists.

While I have nothing against cycling, having laws to protect cyclists may embolden them to flout traffic rules and endanger pedestrians.

Some cyclists speed recklessly along pedestrian walkways, sounding their bells incessantly for people to get out of their way. Others ride in the middle of a road, becoming road hazards.

While I have encountered cyclists who are courteous and respect the rights of other road users, they are few and far between.

Many still assume they have the right of way and show scant regard for traffic rules.

Some can be seen cycling in large groups on public roads, especially on weekends and public holidays. Their favourite haunts? Mandai Road, Woodlands Road, Dairy Farm Road and Bukit Batok Road, just to name a few.

Are we too lenient with errant cyclists? Or is it that education can reach out to them where the long arm of the law cannot?

The relevant authorities may wish to consider meting out stiffer punishments to cyclists who do not think twice about running afoul of the law.

At the same time, I urge the authorities to also step up enforcement efforts, such as by patrolling cycling "hot spots".

We should act before the situation worsens to become like that in Japan.

Tan Wee Long