Accidents with cyclists set to rise

I have lived in Singapore for the past 10 years and, for a short period of time, rode a bicycle for exercise.

My colleagues cautioned me not to ride on pavements, so I rode on the roads from Queenstown to the Marina Barrage, and back, on Saturday and Sunday mornings, as there was less traffic.

Over the past two to three years, the number of people riding bicycles on pavements, at least in Queenstown, where I live, has increased dramatically.

Recently, I was walking on the pavement towards Queenstown MRT station, when a bicycle rider on the pavement collided with me, lacerating my arm. The rider just continued on his way.

As the number of cyclists who choose to ride on pavements increases, there will be more pedestrian accidents ("Clear rules needed for cyclists, pedestrians to share space safely" by Mr Lawrence Loh Kiah Muan; Sept 22).

Frank Starmer