08 Aug '11, 2am

There should be a mandatory road safety course for all cyclists to teach them traffic rules, says our reader. Agree?

I WAS walking along the pedestrian path in Kim Tian Road last Monday when a cyclist sped past me without any warning, and I was nearly hit. His bicycle was not equipped with a bell or headlights and he was using the path illegally. After this incident, I am more aware of the dangers that cyclists can pose to pedestrians. Here are a few suggestions that may help to alleviate the problem: - There should be a mandatory road safety course for all cyclists, to teach them to obey traffic rules as well as look out for pedestrians crossing the road, especially at residential or school areas where there are many young children or elderly people crossing the road. - Cyclists who successfully complete the course and are deemed safe and responsible cyclists could be issued a licence that will allow them to cycle on the road. - Checks can be done to ensure that all bicycles are equippe...

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