Singapore

Safe Cycling Task Force president: Look out for each other

The cyclist who knocked down three-year-old Kyle was equipped for speed.

Kyle's father, Mr Lin Jianxiong, noticed that the cyclist's feet were clipped in to the cleat pedals.

Cyclists who are unfamiliar with the use of cleat pedals can get seriously injured or injure others when they fail to take their feet off the pedals, said Mr Francis Chu, co-founder of cycling group Love Cycling SG.

"The advantage of cleat pedals is that you can use both legs to power the bike at the same time. It also helps to increase the power to climb or to accelerate," added Mr Chu.

According to NParks rules, cyclists have to keep to a speed of 15kmh at park connectors.

But it eventually boils down to the behaviour of both cyclists and pedestrians, said Mr Steven Lim, president of the Safe Cycling Task Force.

ACCIDENTS

"It's not about the infrastructure. Although there are dedicated bicycle lanes at East Coast Park, there are still many accidents," said Mr Lim.

"Pedestrians should keep a lookout, especially if they have kids.

"Cyclists should also realise that they should slow down when there are different kinds of users, especially children."

Mr Chu agreed about keeping to speed limits.

"The root cause of any serious danger is the faster users," he said.

"So we need to start informing the faster users to slow down when they approach slower path users."

Singapore Red Cross, which runs the First Aider On Wheels that serves the community at East Coast Park and Pulau Ubin on weekends and public holidays, has treated over 5,000 people at both places since 2012.

Common injuries include abrasions, fractures and jellyfish stings.

Mr Peter Tung, 45, volunteer and programme coordinator of First Aider On Wheels, has seen his fair share of injuries among cyclists and has one piece of advice for them: "Don't speed and always wear a helmet."