Govt panel studying whether road cyclists should only ride in single file

It is also considering whether to impose a limit on groups that cycle on the road.

Joshua Lee | May 11, 2021, 02:30 PM

The Active Mobility Advisory Panel (AMAP) is studying whether cyclists should ride in a single file at all times, when cycling on roads.

It is also considering whether to impose a limit on groups that cycle on the road, announced Senior Minister of State for Transport Chee Hong Tat today (May 11) in Parliament.

Chee reiterated current road rules for cyclists, which include keeping to the left of the leftmost lane unless they are turning right, and riding in a single file on single-lane roads.

Currently, cyclists are allowed to ride in twos, provided that they are not riding on a single-lane road, or in a bus lane during bus lane hours.

Chee was responding to Sembawang Group Representation Constituency (GRC) Member of Parliament (MP) Poh Li San and Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Gan Thiam Poh, who had posed questions regarding safe cycling on the road.

Aside from these two suggestions, Chee also said that the AMAP has received mixed views from the public regarding the licensing of on-road cyclists.

"Some are in support of licensing, so that errant cyclists can be more easily identified and punished. Others have expressed concerns that licensing on-road cyclists will increase compliance costs and affect the livelihoods of Singaporeans who are using their bicycles for work and for commute."

Chee added that while the majority of road cyclists adhere to safety rules, there is a minority of errant cyclists who flout road rules, like refusing to stop at red lights, and riding on the expressway.

He also pointed out that cyclists are more vulnerable than those travelling in motor vehicles.

"The Active Mobility Advisory Panel, or AMAP, will review ways to raise awareness amongst motorists on how to share road space safely with cyclists and other users. Ultimately, there needs to be more graciousness, consideration, as well as give and take on the roads."

Top image via SG Road Vigilante.