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A group of 11 cyclists were filmed pedaling down New Bridge Road.
The video has gone viral on social media – and not because of their apparent disregard for the new road cycling guidelines introduced from January 1, 2022.
Instead, what caught the attention of netizens was the fact that at least five of these cyclists were involved in a confrontation with the driver of a car, after they apparently honked their horns and chased the car. for about 300m on Keong Saik Road.
Timestamps on the video footage suggest it happened early in the morning around 1am on January 9.
What the video showed
The video recording begins with the driver turning left onto New Bridge Road, after yielding to pedestrians at a zebra crossing, then waiting for the column of cyclists to pass.
The car follows the cyclists for some distance, heading towards the intersection of New Bridge Road and Keong Saik Road.
Cyclists seem to slow down and stop as they approach a coffeeshop.
The last rider in the column of cyclists, wearing a black helmet and sleeveless top, turns to look at the car – probably because the driver has honked at the obstruction in the road.
Nevertheless, the driver slowed down to negotiate the partially obstructed left turn, and did so without incident.
The car then drives down Keong Saik Road, picking up a passenger just outside a 7-11 outlet.
Shortly after, however, a cyclist wearing a blue t-shirt climbs to the right of the car, passes it, and dismounts. He is soon joined by three others, who also dismount and begin to confront the driver.
The cyclists had apparently chased the car for more than 300 m:
The cyclist in blue places his bike on the road and moves forward to face the driver, gesticulating.
He is also seen banging on the hood of the car, as another cyclist moves to pull the bike off the road.
The end result of the incident was not filmed, although it appears the driver got out of the car to speak to the cyclists.
The video ends with a photo of a clear handprint on the rear window of the car:
Instructions not followed
Covid-19 regulations currently prohibit social gatherings of more than five people.
However, it is unclear from the video whether the 11 cyclists were in different groups of five or less.
But at least nine of them can be seen stopping at the intersection.
Regarding their use of the road, road cycling guidelines introduced from 1 January 2022 call on different groups of cyclists to maintain a safe distance of around two lampposts (or around 30m) between groups. .
This was apparently not followed, as the images of the 11 cyclists show:
Many are calling for cyclists to be banned or registered
In response to the video, many commenters called for road cycling to be banned or cyclists to be required to register and have number plates.
This latter idea was mooted by Ho Ching in 2021 and reviewed by a government panel.
However, the panel concluded that such a policy would not be recommended “at this stage”.
The panel said there was “little evidence from foreign jurisdictions” that registering cyclists was an effective way of deterring errant cyclists and improving road safety.
He added that such measures would hinder the uptake of cycling in Singapore and “disproportionately” affect the elderly and those who use bikes for work and commuting.
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