Cycling has become more prevalent in Singapore as a form of recreation or even as a form of transportation from point to point. However, cyclists should recognize their own vulnerability and to adopt safe cycling behavior and habits. Road safety is a shared responsibility. All cyclists should always abide by road traffic rules at all times.
The following are some of the safe cycling behaviors and habits we will like to share with you:
On Safe Cycling Equipment
- Ride a bicycle that fits you
- Always check that your bicycle is in good working condition and is properly maintained.
- You must have a front white light and rear red light / reflector during hour of darkness
On Safe Cycling Attire
- Wear a suitable protective bicycle helmet to safeguard yourself against head injuries should you fall.
- Wear proper shoes and ensure they are tied properly.
- Wear light-coloured clothing to enhance your visibility to other road users.
On Safe Cycling Behaviors (DOs)
- Always keep to the left hand edge of the roadway.
- Always obey traffic light signals. Be prepared to stop when approaching traffic light junctions when the traffic light turns amber. Cyclists must stop when the traffic light turns red.
- Always dismount from your bicycle and ensure that it is safe to cross before crossing at traffic light junctions. Cyclists should practice the kerb drill too! Look right. Look Left. Look Right again!
- Be considerate to pedestrians.
- Give pedestrians advance warning as you approach them by ringing your bell.
- Give sufficient hand signals to inform other road users of your intention to stop, slow down or when making a left or right turn. (You may refer to the Highway Code on the proper hand signals to make.)
On Safe Cycling Behaviours (DON’Ts)
- Do not cycle more than two abreast in the same direction.
- Do not cycle along the footway and on the expressways.
- Do not cycle across pedestrian crossings and overhead bridges.
- Do not cycle against the flow of traffic.
Most importantly, NEVER assume your right of way and always remain alert and road safety conscious while cycling on the roads. Keep a lookout for other road users.
The Singapore Road Safety Council, together with the Traffic Police, have developed a new safe cycling video which educates cyclists on road safety. Members of public may wish to log on to the following link @ http://srsc.org.sg/videos/2013-2/ to view the video.