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Video showing Ang Mo cyclist blocking a bus on the road highlights issue of lack of bicycle lanes

The incident involved a female cyclist stopping in the middle of the road while waiting at an intersection

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Singapore – A Caucasian woman cyclist was spotted on camera blocking the path of a bus and looked behind her for a few seconds before making her way. The issue of a designated lane for cyclists was highlighted among netizens.

Facebook page All Singapore Stuff uploaded a video on Thursday (August 6) of the incident involving a female cyclist stopping in the middle of the road while waiting at an intersection. When it was clear to pass, she looked back at the bus captain for a few seconds before moving to the side of the road.

Members from the online community took varying opinions on the incident, with some noting how culture played a part in the attitude of the cyclist as there were lanes designated for them in other countries. “Singapore doesn’t have a bicycle lane unlike other cities,” noted Facebook user Jerry Tan. Another netizen said that the “biking culture was different in the island-nation” where the lanes are too small for buses to overtake the cyclist without crossing over to the counterflow lane.

Photo: FB screengrab/All Singapore Stuff

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Photo: FB screengrab/All Singapore Stuff

A few netizens thought the woman could have chosen to ride closer to the side of the road given there was ample space or looked like she was challenging the bus captain by staring back. Meanwhile, others noted her decision to move aside at the end of the video, “unlike other inconsiderate riders” who squeeze from the sides to the front of an intersection, posing safety risks for motorists, especially during peak hours.

Photo: FB screengrab/All Singapore Stuff

Photo: FB screengrab/All Singapore Stuff

Photo: FB screengrab/All Singapore Stuff

Without pointing blame or criticising intentions, Facebook user Quek Ah Whye shared that considerate cyclists would not use the middle of the lane even if there were no vehicles behind.

Photo: FB screengrab/All Singapore Stuff

“Please don’t drive like an entitled driver,” Facebook user Rusty Yousef added. “Bus, bike, e-bike, bicycle, car or whatever road legal is allowed to be on the road,” he said. The concerned citizen encouraged all road users to respect one another.

Photo: FB screengrab/All Singapore Stuff

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Posted by All Singapore Stuff on Thursday, 6 August 2020

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