Recent times have seen a noticeable uptick in the number of cyclists on our roads.
The Ministry of Transport and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) revealed that the number of power-assisted bicycles or e-bikes registered in Singapore more than doubled over a short period, rising from about 16,000 in 2020 to 37,320 by end-June 2023.
This surge in bicycles brings with it a proportional rise in accidents involving these two-wheelers.
Sudden Surprise on the Road for the Driver
Just last week, on October 2, a driver was navigating a small road and found himself involved in an accident with a cyclist at a pedestrian crossing.
The video of this incident, which garnered over 40,000 views at the time of writing, shows the cam-car driver approaching a pedestrian crossing.
The light for the driver was red but changed to green before he reached the stop line. Acting on the green light, the driver proceeded, only to be unexpectedly confronted by a cyclist seemingly coming from nowhere.
According to the Road Traffic Act, in such situations, every pedestrian, cyclist, mobility vehicle user, and PMD rider should be given unhindered passage at crossings. This holds even if drivers have received a green light signal.
Several netizens highlighted the possibility that the driver might have been affected by a blind spot, making it difficult for him to spot the cyclist, especially given his evident shock at the end of the video.
The night time setting of the incident might have also made visibility challenging.
In scenarios like this, where the driver had the right of way with a green light, and the pedestrian had the right to cross without hindrance, it underscores the shared responsibility of all road users to ensure safety.
The incident we witnessed wasn’t necessarily a result of deliberate negligence but rather a circumstance.
If there’s a lesson to be derived, it’s the importance of defensive driving and constant vigilance, whether you’re behind the wheel or crossing the road on foot or bike.
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