Danger spots for cyclists on Pulau Ubin - [a tourist died last Friday?!]

Danger spots for cyclists on Pulau Ubin - [a tourist died last Friday?!]

'Steep slope ahead', 'Slow' or 'Dismount', the signs warn, but cyclists - whether or not they have heard of the death last Friday of Chinese tourist Nao Xue Ping, 45 - are unfazed. They blaze down the island's hilly, twisty trails with which they are unfamiliar, and few, if any, wear helmets. Madam Nao, who was also not wearing a helmet, lost control of her bicycle as she was going downhill along Jalan Batu Ubin. Flung forward, she died of head injuries on her way to hospital. Two Singaporeans died in similar accidents there in 2006 and 2008; Ubin villagers count an average of 10 serious cycling accidents a month, all in the same hot spots - Jalan Batu Ubin, the stretch near Belatok Hut, Jalan Mamam, the road leading to Chek Jawa Reserve and Jalan Wat Siam or 'Cemetery Hill'. All have either steep slopes or abrupt bends. Bicycle shop owners there say the accidents are almo...

Full article: http://wildsingaporenews.blogspot.com/2011/03/danger-spot...

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