I AM saddened by the death of a cyclist who was hit by a lorry along Changi Coast Road last Saturday ('Cyclist killed, driver arrested'; Sunday).Changi Coast Road is popular among cyclists, and there are many 'cyclists ahead' warning signs to warn motorists to look out for them.Drivers need to recognise that cyclists have an equal right to use the road, and to keep a safe distance when overtaking them.There have been suggestions online that cyclists should not be on the road because they do not pay road tax. But determining who gets to use public facilities does not hinge on how much tax one pays. After all, we also see road tax-paying motorcyclists being squeezed off the roads.More important is sharing whatever limited resources we have on this tiny island, and looking out for one another.
We advise cyclists to:
- Travel in a proper and safe manner;
- Wear light-coloured clothing;
- Have lights - white in front, and red at the back - on their bicycles;
- Use hand signals to communicate with other road users; and
- Be patient and courteous, as well as adopt safe practices.
We applaud Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean's call to get tough with errant motorists ('Get tough on speeding, reckless driving: DPM'; May 17).
Safe Cycling Task Force
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