On the right path to a cycling culture

I disagree with Ms Yeo Boon Eng's view ("Singapore not ready for cycling culture"; Nov 28).

While Singapore does not currently have a cycling culture, we are heading in the right direction, as evident in all the government initiatives, such as park connectors and cycling towns ("Ang Mo Kio to be model walking, cycling town"; last Friday).

It is true that many European cities, such as Copenhagen in Denmark, have cycling cultures, but many such cities went through the same process in evolving as cities.

It is not a function of heavy traffic. Rather, it is having the right focus and mindset to build this culture together, and not just relying on a group of enthusiastic cyclists.

Areas we can focus on include:

  • Setting up specific cyclists' lanes, starting from the city centre.
  • Enforcing regulations, including banning cyclists from using expressways and not allowing them on pedestrian paths.

The biggest issue now is that most cyclists do not know that they are expected to follow traffic rules.

  • Holding regular events or campaigns to promote cycling, while also creating more awareness of traffic rules that cyclists should abide by.

We should continue to promote cycling, as it is not only a healthier way to get around, but also much better for the environment and lighter on the wallet.

It could help ease our traffic congestion problem, particularly in the city centre.

Cycling does not have to be just a weekend leisure family activity at East Coast Park.

Lee Soon Hwa

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 08, 2015, with the headline 'On the right path to a cycling culture'. Print Edition | Subscribe