The road is meant to be shared, agreed.
I am both a cyclist and a motorist, and I have been in close shaves on a bicycle, as well as while driving.
Just that as a Singaporean, i am really quite concerned with what have been happening in recent years.
If my memory serves me right, seems that i dont recall so many freak things happening in the distant past, such as trees falling killing drivers, trees falling killing NSmen, bus driver knocking a women crossing a pedestrian crossing and dragged her underneath the bus for quite a distance, bus driver lost his way in Orchard Rd, Orchard Rd flooded[unbelievable], trees falling crashing cars [not once but several times within a short period of time], continual trains breakdown ....and many more which i cannot recall at this moment.
Singapore is still one of the country with least traffic accident.
List of countries by traffic-related death rate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Many countries infrastructure are much worst than Singapore but because many motorists are willing to give way to others.
The traffic accidents are much less than expected.
The number one killer on the road is speed.
If the infrastructure is as bad as India, people cannot drive fast and therefore less people get kill by speeding vehicle.
In USA, the infrastructure is good and people like to speed. Therefore, the road accident due to speeding is more than other countries.
Last edited by Yutaka Go; 30th January 2013 at 08:45 PM.
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Drivers being paid based on the number of trips is certainly one of the reasons for less thoughtful driving of such trucks and private buses.
Policing will help too.
I see too much TP policing on larger roads and expressways and less so in small neighbourhood roads.
Just the other day, I witnessed a BMW just shoot thru the traffic lights even when it had turned red when the car was at least 8m away.
It would have slammed into a father pushing a pram if the father was just a bit faster in crossing the lights which had just signaled 'green man'.
The national policy/idea for cyclist as well as the money spend so far is a joke.
There are many type of cyclist (slow uncle; parent with child; kids;foreigh worker who 'owns' the roads and ignores traffic flow; enthusiast that is scared of roads; enthusiast 'hardcore' that shun pavements; etc).
All of them have different needs, yet the government only paints them with the same brush.
So the result is a messed up unclear policy on whether cyclist should be on road or pavement and that "all" cyclists 'need' slow poke and poorly implemented park connectors and not demarcated bike lines on existing roads (ie. just road markings not new dedicated bike lane).
Anyway, condolences for the family.
Very very tragic. Nothing can replace the loss.
treasure life and others around you. nobody knows the time we are recalled to Heaven . even cats can run down to their last life .
i remember smoke grenade 1 die, run halfway 1 die, recently 1 more the 1st batt guards one suicide, and one drown in brunei, and more and more and more.
so my fault lah! cause i got bad luck and i bring to army?
=.= once you see how no link your stand is...
I do not dictate the law. Law says no riding on pavement for cyclist but how many died riding on the road? I hv no results for you....
They refused to let cyclist ride on pavement but some still do... I got hit by one before.... lucky he brake and i was not too badly hurt.. he was worse... and why they refuses to broaden the pavement? I have no money and authority to broaden the pavement.
If I'm hospitalised and or injured... he get fined or jail.... but all such daily incident could hv been avoided if pavement is wide enough for all.....
Lesser cyclist would have died.... plus..... if you want to say I forcefully link.... you must have also seen how prc and Indian national ride their bicycle..... creating more risk for drivers n pedestrian too........
Oh... and I think every little thing in our life is affected by their policies. .. don't you think so???
Last edited by Halfmoon; 30th January 2013 at 11:00 PM.
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Well.... in SG... city life will be different from S. Africa I suppose.... SG is stressing, and everyone is rushing..... time is money?? But they forget that Life once lost is irreplaceable.....
Art is perception; Perception is art.
He went and met his MP, Mr. Chan Soo Sen (Joo Chiat SMC) to see if it is possible to exempt his second son from NS. Chan Soo Sen reply...???
"What traumatic? After two months, you won’t be traumatic."
I believe when TS post this thread, the intension was to highlight the possible causes for the accident and how to avoid them.
Inevitably, with increase in populations, it means more cars, more constructions, busier roads, more competition for space and of course rush and hectic lifestyle. Net result, more accidents.
Just compare working in Jurong and Raffles Place. You would be overwhelm by the crowd during peak hours. So, while we cope with 7 million, we should plan how to share the use if common spaces.