Code of conduct not enough to change cyclists' behaviour

The commentary on March 24 ("Panel's bold plan powers cyclists into the future") stated that "as it is, most cyclists and personal mobility device users already ride on pavements rather than roads - without great incident".

Just how serious do incidents have to be in order to be considered "great incidents"? How many bleeding abrasions, twisted ankles and bruises does it take? And what about near-misses?

Are victims expected to hobble immediately to a police post to show the injury and describe the cyclist, who is long gone?

Many minor incidents go unreported, yet cause suffering to victims of inconsiderate cyclists.

Even with public education programmes and a code of conduct that was conceived with the best intentions, as long as convenient shortcuts exist, recalcitrant cyclists will not be motivated by altruistic civic-mindedness.

As pointed out by Ms Jean Gwee Chin Chin ("Infrastructure, new rules of engagement needed"; March 24), and as demonstrated in Tampines, where auxiliary police officers had to be deployed, we need more than a code of conduct to change behaviour.

Amy Loh Chee Seen (Ms)