Errant cyclist on the rise ?

CNA-news

The number of traffic offences committed by bicycle users went up by 17.5% from 2012 to 2013. Some said that it is due to the increase number of cyclists. Some said it is due to the attitude of bicycle users. Yet some said it is due to the lack of proper infrastructure for bicycle users. The truth probably is a mixture of all the above factors. On further enquiry, the types of violation committed by errant cyclists are typically the following:

1) Riding on pavement
2) Running red light
3) Endangering pedestrians

There were 1455 traffic violation committed by cyclists in 2013. No one was killed due to these offences.

In comparison, motorist committed 252 times more traffic violation in 2013, including the followings:

1) Speeding 260,512 (in 2013)
2) Running red light
3) Careless driving

All together there were 367,496 traffic violation committed by motorists in 2013. 159 persons were killed which included 43 pedestrians.

These information is available from the Traffic Police site:   [Publications] > [Annual Traffic Statistics]

As quote from the TP site, for these violations committed by motorists:

“every traffic violation can potentially result in a fatal or injury accident and the loss of lives.”

When I’m looking through this striking comparison, it occurs to me that there are 250 times more offences committed by motoring and each of these offences has at least 10x higher potential to kill or to cause serious injuries. Shouldn’t we put 2500 times more attention and effort to reduce the bigger, more dangerous offences?

url:
Traffic Police statistics: http://driving-in-singapore.spf.gov.sg
Channel News Asia report: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/errant-cyclists-on-the/1565814.html

3 thoughts on “Errant cyclist on the rise ?

  1. Cyclist

    On further enquiry, the types of violation committed by errant cyclists are typically the following:
    1) Riding on pavement
    Most people have the impression that riding on pavement is okay.
    Try cycling at Jurong East/West area and you will notice that it is a norm.

    2) Running red light
    When the light turns red, pesdestrians are crossing the road. A cyclist will have the tendency to “behave like a pedestrian” and cross during the green man, which is safer then trying to cycle with a bus/lorry behind you when the light turns green.

    3) Endangering pedestrians
    Too generalise to comment.

    I am not saying that this is right or wrong, just an observation.

  2. congokid

    “The number of traffic offences committed by bicycle users went up by 17.5% from 2012 to 2013.”

    You’ve forgotten to mention the third and possibly most likely reason for this: increased targeting of people on bikes by law enforcers.

    That’s what usually happens in London during a ‘road safety’ blitz. Community officers stand around a street corner stepping out in front of people on bikes and issuing FPNs (sometimes for very fanciful infringements), while ignoring drivers using mobiles, etc, in their cars. It’s an easy collar.

    The Singapore KSI stats provided speak volumes about the complete lack of perspective on road safety there.

  3. Lame

    Don’t you think that your entry is way too biased? Obviously with the vehicles being compared, cars would prove to be more fatal. Does that mean that since air planes incidents are so few, we can care much lesser about aviation safety?

    Riding on the road is a privilege. I don’t see cyclist paying Road tax. Don’t be a bloody fool who holds up the entire lane of traffic. Sometimes when cars wanna overtake you, they can’t change lane due to the busy road. The road is already so congested and yet there’s this bloody bugger who takes his own sweet time to cycle.

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