Let cycling culture develop naturally

I disagree with Ms Amy Loh Chee Seen's view that licensing will be able to curb errant riding in Singapore ("Bicycle licensing necessary to curb errant riding"; Wednesday).

Whether for leisure or for regular commuting, the use of bicycles is on an uptrend in Singapore.

To institute a blanket law requiring all bicycles to be licensed would be a mammoth task.

It would also be impossible for the authorities to properly enforce such a law.

There are requirements for the licensing of vehicles because of the consequences of misuse, which possibly include death.

However, injuries resulting from bicycle accidents are not so severe, as compared with those resulting from accidents involving cars or even electric bicycles.

Rather than focusing on licensing and legislation, the authorities should allow the cycling culture in Singapore to evolve at its own pace.

Cycling should be encouraged, as it can help build a car-lite society and improve the general health of cyclists.

The Government can also help by educating the public on being safe and law-abiding cyclists and pedestrians.

Lim Choong Pin

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 06, 2016, with the headline 'Let cycling culture develop naturally'. Print Edition | Subscribe