Recently, on the roads, there are a new breed of annoying hazards. They are… Cyclists! you guessed it. The “trend” these past few times, are for people to buy stupid peddle bicycles, and peddle them around with their friends on public roads, BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT SAID ITS ALRIGHT.
Let me get this straightened out, I do not have a problem with people cycling on the roads, I have a problem with people cycling on the roads in an annoying fashion. I understand its a healthy lifestyle activity and it is good to pick up. Please, though, do learn some road safety before you actually ride out. You are sharing the roads with vehicles, so please keep in mind that you should ride responsibly, and not expect people to cut you slack.
The main annoying thing that cyclists like to do is: Take up an entire lane, sometimes even taking up a RIGHT TURN POCKET. It is a Saturday afternoon, cloudy, perfect weather, I am riding along a nice stretch of road, which is a single lane dual carriageway. Suddenly I am faced with a group of people peddling their bicycles blocking up the whole lane. Do I overtake on the outside, which is on opposing traffic? Some people on their bicycles, even take up the right turn pockets. In a country that is right-hand drive, we make right turns across the opposing traffic and you have the audacity to block up the traffic behind?
As a cyclist, do you know why you should give way to cars, motorcycles and other vehicles on the roads?
The main reason, you do not pay road tax/Congestion Tax (ERP)/Certificate of Entitlement (COE). A bicycle is not a motor vehicle, you do not pay road tax, you do not contribute to the construction of the roads and their maintenance. Yet, you are contributing to the congestion that occurs on everyday roads. Safe to say, a bicycle takes up almost as much space in terms of length and width as a small motorcycle. So, before you say anything else to the driver that you are in an argument with, think of this.
According to information in the news article “Hit by bike, then beaten by cyclist” (The New Paper, 6 September 2011), cyclists are required to ride their bicycles on the road.
The article states that “bicycles are classified in the same category as motor vehicles.
They are to be ridden on the road and cyclists are required to abide by all relevant traffic rules and regulations.”
In a reply by the police that was published in the Straits Times (“Your Letter; Police clarify rules on cluster cycling”, The Straits Times, 8 January 2012), Rule 8 of the Road Traffic (Bicycles) Rules specifies that “that cyclists should keep to the left-hand edge of the roadway and not in a manner as to obstruct other vehicles moving at a faster speed.”
The reply further clarifies that “cyclists who cause obstruction or endanger the safety of other road users will contravene the cycling rules.”