Not for love of money, but of Humanity. "Greater is he who works for the good of all, then he who works for the good of himself only" ~ Matthew 25:40: "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'"- (NIV). I live in Singapore where the Emperor must not be disturbed.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Pop. White Paper 2030: some foot/ bicycle path suggestions gahmen might want to adopt/consider (in line with achieving 6.9 million population by 2030)

Pedestrians/Cyclist on foot+ bicycle paths (widened to PCN network size):
- Slow movers must keep to extreme left of path and walk single file or be ready to do so moment u hear cyclist bell: reason: in order to achieve the GDP dreams of the PAP, foot/ bicycle paths must be used more efficiently and only with direction of travel consensus (keep to the left rule) can people on foot or wheels pass safely either by overtaking or pass on opposite sides. Pedestrians who do not follow rules, especially whilst having ear phones on will be warned and recalcitrants FINED. Dogs (except those assisting blind) must travel on the left side of owner so as to avoid being startled> attacking faster traffic on the right.
- No ear phones allowed to be worn by cyclist. Must always carry photo identification documents to show incase of accident (likewise motor vehicle drivers). Cyclist must notify pedestrians to keep left before overtaking with adequate berth (especially for those pushing babies in prams etc).
- Motor vehicles rule of stopping to assist injured pedestrians and exchange particulars also applies here as well. Police will have to be informed about incident and police will decide what investigations need to be done when injuries are reported/ ambulance called.
- All commuters need to be cooperative given the increase in variety of transport modes anticipated: from segways to wheelchairs, joggers to pedestrians, all sharing the same foot/ bicycle path.

Road travel (e.g. bus lanes rule):
- Cyclist can travel 2 abreast only if it is 2 lane road with spare lane available for overtaking, for one lane road, only single file is allowed but cars still have to maintain usual 1.5m berth from cyclist before overtaking. Some roads (e.g. one lane bridge, expressways remain out of bounds to cyclist).
- bus lanes to be widened where parallel cycle path is not available. Cyclist ALLOWED to cycle on bus lanes which should be 1.5x normal width so that bus can more safely overtake at safe spots. Only single file towards left cycling on bus lanes is allowed.
- All cyclist on road MUST wear helmet.

Cycling should be promoted as public transport because public transport can be slow (buses) and according to one experience, are actually a cause of traffic jams on the road:
Author writes: "A couple of clips videos during the March school holidays when traffic should be lighter then at other times. It is amazing how many cars, buses, vans are fighting for space at certain 'hot spots', like MRT stations. One possibel solution to this growing problem would be to encourage people to cycle, provide more infrastructure for cyclists, and create a culture where cyclists are not seen as the 'enemy' of motorists. "

And exercise is actually good for the health (less dependence on Medishield-life etc): by cycling to work/ on errands, many Singaporeans can actually kill 2 birds with one stone.

E.g. the wide girth of Park Connector foot/ bicycle paths, not that all commuters keep to the left in reference to their respective directions of travel:

The Straits Times, Published on Jun 04, 2015
My Point
Cyclists need more education
THE current state of affairs, where many cyclists believe they can ride wherever a person can walk, is due to a lack of education and enforcement ("Bollards one way to deter cyclists" by Mr Chee Chi Weng; May 11).
Unless every cyclist knows it is against the rules to ride wherever and however they like, nothing will be effective.
There should be more education and enforcement. First-time offenders can be warned, but action should be taken if they re-offend.
As more people take to cycling, the state of affairs will definitely get worse.
Chiang Bak Hoi
The Straits Times, Published on Jun 15, 2015
Rules for cyclists should be clear and enforced
A FEW months ago, a cyclist from Lycee Francais de Singapour brushed past me at high speed when I was taking a walk at Tavistock Avenue Park. His bicycle handlebar struck me, leaving me with swollen fingers. I was in pain for a couple of days.
The student from the French school merely waved a gesture of apology but did not stop.
Cyclists expect pedestrians to give way to them, and pedestrians prefer to do so, provided they are able to see or hear them coming. Very often, cyclists approach from the rear and many bicycles do not have warning bells.
Motorised vehicles are supposed to stay 1.5m away from cyclists. Lornie Road is narrow enough and I have seen buses sluggishly following behind some cyclists (sometimes two abreast). We have bus lanes so that 50 or more bus passengers have priority over one to five passengers in a car. But when a bus has to wait behind one or two cyclists, does it make any sense?
In land-scarce Singapore, the safe sharing of public roads, pavements and pathways in parks needs to be addressed. Rules should be clearly spelt out, displayed and enforced.
"No bicycling" signs should be clearly displayed where cycling is not permitted. Cyclists need education ("Cyclists need more education" by Mr Chiang Bak Hoi; June 4) and discipline. Those who flout the rules must be disciplined.
Rules for motorists are enforced effectively because their vehicles are registered and insured. Bicycles, battery-powered bicycles and powered "scooters" are not registered and therefore, their owners escape enforcement.
The registration of bicycles would be a step in the right direction. It would also deter bicycle theft.
Powered scooters should not be allowed at all. Their import should be banned.
More and more people are taking to cycling for health reasons. It should not be discouraged but users must exercise responsibility.
Ong Yoke Fei

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