More local cyclists killed in road accidents

SINGAPORE: Seven local cyclists lost their lives in road accidents in Singapore between January and May this year.

The number is more than double the three persons killed in the same period last year.

To promote safe cycling, the Traffic Police is organising clinics with a group of volunteers known as the Safe Cycling Task Force.

These are conducted at community clubs and grassroots events to reach out to cyclists in the neighbourhoods.

In line with this initiative, Senior Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs, Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee, urged cyclists to be properly attired and adopt good cycling behaviour.

This includes maintaining lane discipline and using hand signals.

He was speaking at the launch of the annual Road Safety Outreach and Road Safety Campaign.

Associate Professor Ho also said that there were no fatalities involving foreign workers on bicycles during the first five months of this year.

In the same period last year, there were three fatalities.

Associate Professor Ho attributed this decrease to Traffic Police’s road safety initiatives to educate foreign workers.

The authorities have been working closely with dormitories and employers to reach out to foreigners, while the Traffic Police will press on with educational efforts and enforcement action.

— CNA/ir