A Singaporean view?

Before Christmas last year, as I was cycling to NTU on my way to work at about 08:00 in the morning, I stopped at a traffic light at the junction between Jurong West Ave 2 and Jalan Boon Lay. A pedestrian came up to me and said: “Don’t you know that Thursdays are working days in Singapore?”

I was too surprised to come up with an appropriate response, but it illustrates how foreign the concept of using bicycles for commuting is. It is also an indication of the impressive work ethics in Singapore. I regret not to see more who use bicycles for commuting. In spite of the climate, it is quite an attractive method for combining the practical with exercise.That being said, it is dangerous. The news of two young brothers killed on their bicycles in Tampines last Monday bring home the dangers of Singapore traffic. I am so sad for these children and their families. I cannot imagine greater suffering. My heart goes out to them.

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