President of Singapore Cycling Federation to meet local authorities to look into improving cycling road safety
In light of the fatal accident involving 2 young boys on a bicycle and cement truck at Tampines, Suhaimi Haji, President of the Singapore Cycling Federation (SCF) has expressed concern about cycling road safety and will be meeting relevant local authorities including the Land Transport Authority, Traffic Police and Singapore Sports Council. The plan is to discuss how the various bodies can work together to raise awareness and improve the National Cycling Plan.
Suhaimi added, "These statutory boards are getting involved as we are trying to iron out a national strategy to incorporate cycling into the fabric of Singapore."
Safety reminders and mutual respect
Suhaimi had been asked about whether the issue of bicycle lanes here in Singapore will be on SCF's agenda but he replied that it is more useful to concentrate on improving designated shared lanes for both buses and cyclists.
Basic precautions such as wearing helmets and riding in groups were also some of the ways cyclists can mitigate risks.
SCF issued a statement on Wednesday which urged "motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike to develop a mutual respect for one another", as "a little graciousness goes a long way in ensuring safe road conditions for everyone".
At the end of the day, rules and precautions can be helpful but the most important thing is to have a basic respect for everyone on the roads, be it motorist, cyclist or pedestrian. One life lost is just too many.
Original news source: http://www.todayonline.com/sports/other-sports/cycling-body-meet-authorities-improving-road-safety-after-tampines-tragedy
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