Cycling has become a popular mode of transport among Singaporeans the past year.
In the first place, when bike-sharing was introduced to Singapore all those years ago, cycling quickly became a favoured mode of transport, especially for short trips.
Now with the COVID-19 pandemic causing travel restrictions, many have turned to cycling either as a new pastime, or as an alternative mode of transport to avoid the hustle and bustle of public transport.
However, though cycling might be an enjoyable past-time for all of you, cyclists should remember: road safety above all else.
After all, nobody would like a good day spent cycling to turn into a horror story due to an accident.
Cyclist Collided With NTU Shuttle Bus
Yesterday night (3 May), a cyclist at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) died after a collision with one of the university’s shuttle buses.
The cyclist, a 49-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
The incident happened along Nanyang Crescent, just before Nanyang Drive.
Authorities were alerted to the accident at 8:40pm. According to the police, investigations are still ongoing.
In a video provided by The Straits Times, a blue tent has been set up on the zebra crossing just behind the shuttle bus.
Police investigations are underway.
Similar Incidents in the Past
This is not the first time that such accidents have happened, and sadly, it won’t be the last.
On 9 April 2021, an 80-year-old cyclist was involved in an accident with an SMRT bus after cycling on the right side of the road. The cyclist, a cardboard collector uncle, was sent to Raffles Hospital after authorities were contacted.
Another incident that occured on 22 April 2021 involved an 11-year old cyclist getting knocked down by an SBS Transit bus at the Yishun area.
According to photos provided by SG Road Vigilante, the bus had supposedly turned left at the light instead of using the slip road available, and had subsequently knocked into the cyclist.
Fortunately, the child managed to escape the incident with only a leg injury.
More than anything, the fatal Loyang Avenue incident is still fresh in everybody’s minds. The horrific accident, in which a 31-year-old cyclist was knocked down and dragged for 30 metres under an SBS bus, took place on 19 March 2021.
The cyclist was similarly pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, and the 63-year-old bus driver was arrested for careless driving causing death.
S’pore’s Laws on Road Cycling
According to road safety rules, cyclists on the road have to cycle on the extreme left of the road at all times.
Cyclists are also expected to wear a helmet when riding on the road.
However, it is unclear if the cyclist in this incident was wearing one at the time of the accident.
However, according to current traffic rules, cyclists are not required to dismount and push their bicycles across zebra crossings.
Given that investigations are still ongoing, the question of who’s at fault would have to wait.
Our condolences go out to the friends and family of the cyclist involved in this accident.
Feature Image: reddit