Monday, 13 April 2015

[Straits Times] Guidelines for safe riding

IN RECENT weeks, there have been calls urging cyclists off the roads.

According to the Road Traffic Act, cyclists are legitimate road users, and just like motorists and pedestrians, cyclists are to abide by all traffic rules.

While cyclists are advised to ride on the left-hand side of the road, there are times when they will need to ride slightly outside the double yellow lines as there are drainage holes and gratings, potholes and debris which are potential hazards to cyclists.

Cyclists riding in a bigger group are advised to ride in pairs on a single lane in order to shorten the pack, so that they will not form a long line in single file and hold up traffic; riding abreast is not illegal, according to the Road Traffic Act.

However, lone cyclists or cyclists in smaller groups are advised to ride in single file on the left-hand side of the roads so that they do not hog the roads.

In a land-scarce island, it is important that road users learn to co-exist and share the limited facilities that we have.

Steven Lim


Safe Cycling Task Force