Look out for each other
Banning young children from cycling alone on roads is impractical.
Driving safety expert Gerard Pereira said that it is unfair to set an age limit on cyclists as cycling is a leisure activity for children as well.
Mr Pereira, manager of the Singapore Safety Driving Centre, said that it is also difficult for an adult to supervise all the time.
He said: "Sometimes, there is no other option than for the child to cycle alone. Parents have to make the judgment whether the child is ready or not."
Mr Lim Biow Chuan, Member of Parliament and member of the Government Parliamentary Committee on Transport, feels that children should be supervised, but he admitted that it depends on the maturity of the children.
Parents have to teach them about road safety, but he feels they do not spend enough time doing it.
He added: "They often take it for granted that other road users will be careful, but other drivers may not be.
"It is an accident waiting to happen, especially when people in Singapore become more impatient."
Mr Gopinath Menon, vice-chairman of the Singapore Road Safety Council, agreed.
He said: "Motorists still do not have much regard for cyclists yet.
"We have to further educate them that the roads belong to all users and we have to share the road with cyclists as well."
Mr Pereira highlighted the need for care between road users, especially for the young.
He said: "Even though road safety is everyone's responsibility, children are still young and innocent, so as motorists, we should be looking out for them more."