800 cyclists summoned each year: well done, Traffic Police?

I read with amusement in the state-controlled media (ranked bottom for press freedom by Reporters Without Borders) that 800 cyclists each year were summoned in the past three years.

Amusement turned to hilarity when I read what the DPM and Home Affairs Minister had to say: “the Traffic Police takes a strong view against cyclists who flout traffic rules…”

Traffic Police? What Traffic Police? I’m a driver too, and I’ve come to the sad conclusion that the Traffic Police is practically non-existent in sunny Singapore. That’s why drivers here have become rude, aggressive and reckless because there is little enforcement of traffic rules.

Instead of going after impecunious pensioners, senior citizens and foreign workers, the Traffic Police should expend their energies in enforcing traffic rules on our roads and expressways. Focus on your core duties,as they always stress in the corporate world.

I’ve been cycling for the last 20 years, and thank God, I’ve not been summoned. Yes, I cycle on the pavement all the time so I can’t help feeling like a fugitive or some sort of criminal sometimes.

But a police summon is far better than being killed on the road!


6 Responses to “800 cyclists summoned each year: well done, Traffic Police?”

  1. As in any colonialist society, it’s what involves the least effort for the most propaganda-bragging “rights”. TP can hang out on motorcycles in heavy bicycle-use areas and nail the random small fry, but if they were to actually do their jobs on the roads and avenues of our fair city, they’d risk pulling over Somebody, or someone connected to Somebody, Important. The fear is, of course, that their formerly iron rice bowl would turn into sand in the hurricane of repercussion afterward, and they’d be left at the bottom of the brown hill.

    Much “safer” (for them) to give that a miss, and instead to get a writer from the State propaganda service to write a puff piece in the States Times. This no doubt will get mentioned in a PAP Member’s speech in Parliament as a “justification” for the exorbitant money being lavished on the few at the very top… after all, they’re “responsible” for these Traffic Police who are doing such a “great job”!

    If this is the best that tightly-controlled neo-fascism can do, we’re all in deep, deep trouble.

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  3. I do sympathize with the cyclists for not been able to ride with safely on the road but I pity the
    pedestrians more when they are knock down by the cyclists on the pavement.

    Issuing summons on cyclists does not help. This Govt should be seriously looking at some permanent solution for cyclists to ride safely on the road. This sharing of space on the pavement for cyclists and pedestrians is not working. Imagine a pedestrian while walking on the pavement has to keep watch for cyclists coming ahead of you and worst still from those coming from behind as well. I personally had this happen to me when I had cyclists coming from both ways at quite a speed. I am waiting for the sad day to hear when a cyclist maimed or killed a pedestrian on the pavement especially school children.

    The Cambridge Dictionaries describe a pavement as a path with a hard surface on one or both sides of a road, that people walk on.

    • Well said Bekko.
      Cyclists must always be mindful of the fact that a bicycle can inflict injuries, or in rare circumstances kill, so we must take extra care and ride slowly and carefully when there are pedestrians especially kids who can be unpredictable. Generally speaking, it is the schoolboys and youths who find speeding thrilling. As long as we cyclists show respect towards pedestrians, we can avoid accidents.

  4. cyclists should stay off the road…if you don’t pay road tax, get the hell off the road

  5. I agree with you on the low traffic police presence and also that we could do a whole lot more for cyclists. Being a cyclist and a driver has given me opportunity to see both sides of the coin. In essence transport policy has failed to seriously consider cycling as an important part of the transport network. Raymond Lim once declared that cycling was only an intra-urban form of transport – something I disagree with. But even if it were so, where are the cycling lanes, the cycling parking areas, maybe even the rental schemes? See what London has done and we begin to realise what we have not even considered yet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rSSqJsUhKU&feature=share

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