Thursday, November 27, 2014

Safety Video tips by Transport of London which SG can learn from

If you just want to see this TFL video, scroll down all the way. 
In the social medial space daily we see many arguments on safety and how drivers action makes cycling dangerous and how cyclists ignore rules and cycle on red light. 
Sadly our agencies are still not too clear about communicating on safety issues on the roads, especially on the cyclists perspective. 
It seems like no one agency is owning the Cycling piece. 
Try goggling these keywords. "Cycling safety in Singapore and rules".  This wordy link by Singapore Police force pops up first on the search engine and also this video link at the end. I think it's looking really sad. 
I embedded it here so many can see the video.    
  Ok, perhaps I am too critical. It's a start but it really felt like a SHELL CSR advertisement.
Here's another absure video link in the document I found as well. 
Better presented.  

Its all too easy to complain and say how things are not good. It's a national Singapore trait I suppose haha.... jokes aside. 
I reflected on myself and asked..... Could it be made better and communicate clearly to all how to be safe on the roads. I want to share a video tips by Transport of London - SG equivalent of LTA.
It is really a good information(without fluff) for both cyclists, motorists and Drivers. It will help reduce the friction and misunderstanding.  The format and presentation is clear and easy to understand. There is no ambiguity and clearly states out how we can all do our part to make the roads safe.  Watch it and tell me what you think.

Lastly, I do hope with the newly formed National Cycling Plan Committe (which the general public have no knowledge what's happening/ who's involved); can take a leadership role in making cycling safer for all. Cycling is not just on the PCN but also on the roads and may I say...gasp.... pavements too.
I strongly believe every cyclists wants to follow the traffic rules but it seems the current road situation leaves much to be desired. Perhaps with a video similar to the above TFL version, the situation can be slowly reversed. 


  1. Good post Taiwoon. The London video is excellent. I like how it is serious and doesn't need to have fluffy music. The second Singapore video is a good attempt but I always feel these video producers never engage experienced cyclists and cycle commuters who ride with Singapore traffic as some recommendations are non-sensical. The "model cyclist" in the video looks like a nice guy but he clearly is not an experienced cyclist. You don't check tyre pressure by squeezing your sidewall and that's one of the worst tail light placement angles ever!

    In contrast the London video explains important things that many cyclists and drivers don't know, like ride in the centre of a narrow lane and ride one door width from parked cars. I also ride in the centre as much as I can when crossing intersections. Each country's context has different things that need to be considered. In Singapore we have many filter lanes and most cyclists don't position themselves safely before coming to these lanes. I am also a strong for advocate for duper bright daytime visible lights - much better than reflectors and a yellow jacket that the video recommends.

    1. Thanks Ivan, I really hope the communications gets improved. The reason why no serious cyclists watch those videos is because they are fluffy and not reflecting real situation on the road.
      I hope our government agencies get it and if they need real riders feedback, I would be glad to contribute.

  2. The video from TFL is by far more practical than the others. It is a useful reminder for both cyclists and drivers sharing exisiting road space which was not designed for cycling. However, it is not a replacement for better infrastructure, which should make cycling safe not dependent on the constent attention from drivers.