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Old 19th December 2013, 09:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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In Sampan2.0, there is no space for bicycles on roads.

In Sampan2.0, there is no space for bicycles on roads.
Call to disallow cycling abreast shows unwillingness to share roads
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Call to disallow cycling abreast shows unwillingness to share roads
FROM ALVAN SIO JIA HENG
PUBLISHED: 19 DECEMBER, 2013.
Cyclists riding three abreast, without lights and even in the second lane are inexcusable, save for emergencies.
But to make judgments based on a photograph in a report may be to nitpick at cyclists. (“Don’t allow cyclists to ride abreast”, Dec 18; “Was safe cycling event safe enough?”, Dec 17, online)
As a driver, I understand the necessities of space and reaction time drivers require to avoid slow-moving cyclists. As a cyclist, I understand the traffic conditions cyclists are subject to on roads.
The call to disallow cycling abreast so motorists can overtake safely makes me wonder if the writer feels it safe to overtake a single cyclist without having to slow down and change lanes, which might be apparently safer for other cars. This act would be impossible if cyclists were riding abreast.
A driver following traffic guidelines, however, would give a cyclist a safe distance of 1.5m when overtaking and would have to straddle two lanes anyway, which makes the idea to outlaw cycling abreast fairly pointless.
One needs only to see the many groups of 10 to 20 cyclists riding abreast orderly to understand the impracticality of always riding in single file. A pair of cyclists riding abreast take up no more space than the slow-moving road sweeper machine we see commonly. How much more trouble is it to overtake one of these machines, compared with cyclists riding abreast?
It is imperative that cyclists ride safely and orderly, with implements such as helmets and lights when appropriate, to safeguard themselves as best they can.
In many parts of the world, bicycles and motor vehicles can coexist without cycling lanes. Should we, as a First World society, not extend the legacy of Singa the Lion to our roads? Are most drivers here reluctant to share the road, slow down and overtake carefully when necessary?
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