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Observers call for more safety measures ahead of island-wide cycling path network

Observers have called for more safety measures ahead of the introduction of an island-wide cycling path network by 2030.

One Member of Parliament (MP) wants cyclists to be licensed before they are allowed on the roads.

MP for Nee Soon GRC, Lee Bee Wah, is aware of the problems errant cyclists pose.

She believes a combination of regulation and education is the way forward.

She said: “In the past, in order to own a bicycle, they need to go and apply (for a) licence. I thought this is quite a good suggestion, perhaps we can do this with a tweak.

“Before they are given licences, perhaps LTA (Land Transport Authority) can ask cyclists to go for lessons to understand the dos and don’ts of cyclists.”.

Tampines, Singapore’s first model cycling town, has recruited volunteers to act as wardens to help ensure the safety of both cyclists and pedestrians.

These wardens look out for unsafe cycling behaviour.

Irene Ng, MP for Tampines GRC, said: “We need to also complement it with education efforts and at the same time, also to enforce against reckless cyclists, because safety is the number one priority. Because there is no point saying you encourage cycling, but you don’t promote safe cycling.”

Although Tampines Town Council is empowered to issue summons to reckless cyclists, wardens have only handed out warnings so far. 

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