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Intensified crackdown on errant on-road cyclists in Singapore: 26 fines issued

SINGAPORE — In a recently concluded joint enforcement operation, saw a total of 26 composition offers issued to cyclists who violated the cycling group size rule by the Traffic Police (TP) and Land Transport Authority (LTA).

In addition to punitive measures, the crackdown, which took place between 24 June and 8 July, had a strong focus on education.

TP and LTA officers conducted outreach initiatives to raise awareness about cycling rules and guidelines, emphasizing the importance of safe cycling habits for both cyclists and the wider community.

This effort comes in the wake of increased fines for flouting the cycling group size rule, which were raised to $150 from 1 January 2022.

The fine hike is part of a broader strategy aimed at improving road safety. It applies to other breaches of cycling regulations, including ignoring red lights, cycling on expressways, and riding abreast of another cyclist on single-lane roads or during bus lane operational hours.

The Singapore authorities have reiterated their appeal to all cyclists to adhere to the existing rules and guidelines.

These include obeying traffic signals, wearing a helmet, staying as far left as practicable on roads, cycling in single file on single-lane roads, using front white and rear red lights in the dark, using bicycle lanes where available, not using mobile devices while riding, and not cycling on expressways, road tunnels, and selected viaducts.

In the new rule, cyclists riding in groups must keep to a maximum length of five bicycles when riding in a single file or ten bicycles if riding two abreast.

These actions are part of the ongoing efforts to ensure road safety for everyone. Cyclists are reminded that compliance is not only a matter of avoiding fines, but a crucial part of ensuring their own safety, and the safety of all road users.

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