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Signs vague, say cyclists

REMINDER: The police and East Coast Town Council have posted banners to tell cyclists to dismount and push in the town centre. - TNP PHOTO: KIAT TAN

Cyclists riding just an arm's length from pedestrians, with some swerving dangerously close as they weave through the crowd.

This was what The New Paper observed over three hours yesterday afternoon to see if reckless cycling is a problem at Bedok Town Centre.

When approached, most of the cyclists just kept on going. Ms Ivy Kow, 59, was one of the few who dismounted and pushed her bike.

She said: "If it is very crowded, I tend to be very cautious and push my bicycle instead."

She has lived in Bedok for more than 40 years but started cycling only a year ago.

"The no-cycling signs are too vague and there is only one signboard in this area to warn us of the fine.

"Sometimes, when I see someone cycling, I will be inclined to do the same."

A few days ago, Ms Kow was stopped by the police for cycling in a restricted zone but she was let off with a warning.

Avid cyclist Eddie Lim, who is a member of cycling group LoveCyclingSG, said: "By simply enforcing a fine, (the East Coast Town Council) is not educating us about where to cycle.

"It is not reasonable to expect us to know where we can cycle because cyclists can come from any part of Singapore.

"It is just creating more misconceptions about cycling here and it might end up deterring cycling itself."

The 31-year-old was upset that the town council had decided to fine cyclists without public consultation.

ALL CYCLISTS?

Another cyclist, Madam Kelly Yeo, 55, said some reckless cyclists deserve to be fined but she wondered if the authorities should be penalising all cyclists at the town centre.

"It is not fair as bicycles are a mode of transport for us to run errands or buy groceries. Cycling is encouraged by the Government to stay healthy, so why are they fining us now?" she said.

She felt one solution would be to use the bell.

"Ringing the bell is like a form of communication between cyclists and pedestrians.

"If everyone works together, I am sure we can share the walkways peacefully," she said.