Last edited by coolhirako; 9th May 2015 at 04:43 PM.
Wish we could ask whoever drafted the text for the Road Traffic Act. My definition, as both a driver and cyclist, is when the flow of traffic eases up sufficiently, or stops completely, and gives me enough time to make the turn safely without causing a collision or obstruction to other road users.
I think the contents of this page (http://driving-in-singapore.spf.gov..../cyclists.html), as the introduction mentions, covers "some of the safe cycling behaviours and habits". It appears that there are some points in there which are reflected in law, while others are safety tips which aren't reflected in law.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but these two tips under "On Safe Cycling Behaviours (DOs)" seem to be recommended 'safe cycling behaviour' but not law? I say this because you don't find them mentioned under the Road Traffic (Bicycles) Rules, Road Traffic Act? It seems like if cyclists are prohibited from performing a right turn without using a pedestrian crossing, it will be mentioned here?
Personally, I think it's good advice for cyclists. When I cycle, this is what I do for right turns. Perhaps for lack of guts/skill, but often I find the traffic flow way too challenging for me to filter to the right lane, and then make a right turn. Still possible in quiet small roads in hdb estates, but almost impossible for me at major junctions.
- Give pedestrians advance warning as you approach them by ringing your bell.
- Always dismount from your bicycle and ensure that it is safe to cross before crossing at traffic light junctions. Cyclists should practice the kerb drill too! Look right. Look Left. Look Right again!
tl;dr: Since bicycles are classified as vehicles under the Road Traffic Act, my understanding then is that cyclists do have the option of performing a right turn as described, and they are not required by law to dismount and cross using the pedestrian crossing.
Using the pedestrian crossing is a good safety tip, but not required by law. Just my layman's reading, I could be wrong. If anyone else knows better, please help us clarify the discussion above.
Vehicle making right turn at road intersection or junction
8.—(1) The driver or rider of a vehicle stationary at or approaching a controlled intersection or junction of roads and wishing to turn to the right shall, as soon as the intersection or junction is open to the vehicle, move forward as near as possible to the centre of the intersection or junction and await a safe opportunity to complete the turn to the right.
(2) When turning the driver or rider of the vehicle shall proceed with due regard for the safety of pedestrians crossing the road.
ROAD TRAFFIC ACT (CHAPTER 276, SECTION 140)
Last edited by kandinsky; 9th May 2015 at 08:30 PM.
Clause 8 says.....
Bicycle to be ridden on left side of road
8. Every bicycle shall be ridden close to the left hand edge of the roadway and in such a manner as not to obstruct vehicles moving at a faster speed.
Unless there is another clause somewhere which suggests this can be waived in certain conditions, I take it that cyclists will have to use the pedestrian crossings(where available) to make right turns. To me, the guide supplements the act, a step further to prevent violation.
To me, it's one thing to say the guide supplements the act, it's another to say the guide = law (even if issued by relevant authorities). For example, all of these safety tips are also in the guide, but you can't be cited for breaking any laws if you happen to be riding a bicycle too small/big for you, while wearing slippers & dark clothes, without a helmet.
Interesting discussion. I've dropped the TP an email with a query about this. Will update this thread if/when they respond.Ride a bicycle that fits you
Always check that your bicycle is in good working condition and is properly maintained.
Wear a suitable protective bicycle helmet to safeguard yourself against head injuries should you fall.
Wear proper shoes and ensure they are tied properly.
Wear light-coloured clothing to enhance your visibility to other road users.
just ignore kit, he trolling . cyclists can filter to the right if he/she needs to turn right. period. don't feed the troll.
Last edited by ninelives; 10th May 2015 at 11:08 AM.
When a cyclist use the pedestrian crossings he/she is by law supposed to get off their bike and push it across not weave and bop trying to ride through walking pedestrians using same road crossing. There actually is a fine for not doing so in case people here are ignorant about it. But because it's only $20 iirc thus nobody cares to take action including polices. When was the last time you saw a police or URA stop a cyclist riding across a pedestrian to write them up?
I think not enough has been done to show or educate the public at housing estate on what constitute an illegal riding act for bicycles and that there are REALLY offenses for such irresponsibly riding.
A good photo's 45% you, 45% practice & 10% equipment. A bad photo share the same ratio.
But if you take a look at a response to a query in parliament in 2009, then Minster of Home Affairs WKS clarified that "cyclists are not prohibited from riding across pedestrian crossings but must do so in a safe and orderly manner". He also referred to the blanket rule that gives the TP the flexibility to issue a summon for anyone that they deem is not riding "in an orderly manner and with due regard for the safety of others".
So, unless the legislation has changed since then, isn't it accurate to say that the law is not against the act of riding across pedestrian crossings, but against unsafe riding that endangers others?
That said, your comment is also accurate as long as the cyclist is being unsafe. Weaving through walking pedestrians is clearly unsafe. Have seen cyclists ride through crowds, little kids, family with baby stroller etc.When a cyclist use the pedestrian crossings he/she is by law supposed to get off their bike and push it across not weave and bop trying to ride through walking pedestrians using same road crossing.
WRITTEN ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
TRAFFIC OFFENCES AMONG CYCLISTS
1. Dr Lim Wee Kiak asked the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs (a) how many cyclists have been booked for traffic offences over the past 12 months; (b) what are the common offences; and (c) what is the rule for vehicular traffic when cyclists ride their bicycles across pedestrian crossings.
Mr Wong Kan Seng:
One thousand, three hundread and twelve summonses were issued to errant cyclists for cycling offences between July 2008 and June 2009. Of these, the largest number of 615 summonses were issued to cyclists for cycling on the footways of roads. Other common infringements include failing to ride in an orderly manner such as not keeping a proper lookout and not giving way to traffic with the right of way, riding on expressways and riding against the flow of traffic.
Cyclists are not prohibited from riding across pedestrian crossings but must do so in a safe and orderly manner. Those who do not and cause danger to others commit an offence under Rule 10 of the Road Traffic (Bicycles) Rules and are liable to pay a composition fine. If they ride in a rash or negligent manner that endangers life, or in a manner that is likely to cause hurt or injury to others, they can be prosecuted under Section 279 of the Penal Code. If convicted, they can be fined up to $5,000 or imprisoned up to one year, or both.
When approaching pedestrian crossings, a driver is required to keep a proper lookout for other road users, slow down and proceed at such a speed which will enable him to stop his vehicle before reaching the crossing. Failure to do so may result in the driver being liable for a fine of up to $1,000, or imprisonment for a term of up to three months under Section 131 of the Road Traffic Act.
via: PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES, ELEVENTH PARLIAMENT
Monday, 19th October, 2009
http://sprs.parl.gov.sg/search/repor...ID=00004793-WABicycle to be ridden in an orderly manner
10. No bicycle shall be ridden or propelled otherwise than in an orderly manner and with due regard for the safety of others.
Last edited by kandinsky; 10th May 2015 at 03:00 AM.
Your own interpretation is just yours, nothing else. Feel free to follow your own opinion (within the limits of the laws), but don't make it a rule for others to follow.