Cyclists, bus drivers swop roles to learn about each other’s road safety challenges, Latest Singapore News

Avoid the blind spots of buses by not biking alongside a bus.

This was one piece of recommendation given when 20 cyclists and bus drivers gathered on Saturday (April 30) in a session organised to advertise mutual understanding amongst street customers and drive street security.

They learnt about good habits via situation briefings and role-swopping to seek out out the place risks lurk and find out how to keep away from them.

The session by bus operator Go-Forward Singapore comes on the again of annual statistics which present that extra individuals had been killed or injured in street accidents final 12 months, as extra actions resumed amid the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

The Visitors Police mentioned 107 individuals died on the roads final 12 months in contrast with 83 in 2020.

Mr Daniel Corbin, operations director of Go-Forward Singapore, mentioned the session happened as there are extra cyclists on the street since Covid-19 hit, sparking discussions about their security.

Supported by the Land Transport Authority and Singapore Biking Federation, the pilot session at Loyang Bus Depot went via eventualities reminiscent of cyclists not steering away from the blind spots of buses, particularly when the motive force is negotiating a left bend at a slip street.

The motive force’s consideration shall be on the visitors on the most important street and he might not spot the bicycle owner on the left facet of the bus when he makes a flip.

Cyclists also needs to keep away from positioning themselves on the left rear of a bus, and as an alternative hold a distance of 1m behind the car and keep in clear view of visitors.

On the two-and-a-half-hour session, function play allowed the contributors to higher perceive the security points.

Cyclists sat within the bus driver’s seat to seek out out what can and can’t be seen on the kerb facet and straight in entrance of the bus, whereas bus drivers bought to expertise biking on the street.

Mr Eugene Wang, vice-president for group and leisure on the Singapore Biking Federation, mentioned he learnt concerning the bus driver’s blind spots.

“It was very new to me. I learnt that it is actually necessary for us cyclists to be extra conscious of our environment on the street. Do not assume bus drivers can see you, or know what you’re doing or pondering of.”

He added: “We recommended including extra mirrors and sensors on the buses, however drivers can be overloaded. They already must examine so many issues that I did not consider earlier than, they’ve to concentrate to the entrance, reply questions whereas driving, they usually must lean left and proper to get a greater view of the street, particularly when the bus is packed and passengers are obstructing their view.”

Chief bus captain Md Ahzman Tumin mentioned one subject is when cyclists on single lane roads don’t cycle in a single file, however three abreast, and hog the street, making it troublesome for drivers to keep up a 1.5m distance between the facet of the bus and bicycle owner.

He added that it is a downside in areas with extra cyclists and the place there are street works.

He additionally mentioned that some cyclists aren’t conscious of the bus drivers’ use of sign and hazard lights to tell different street customers that they’re turning or stopping.

However some bus drivers additionally don’t sign when leaving the bus cease.

“You will need to talk via alerts and hand gestures, it is a two-way factor,” he mentioned.

“Everybody has to play a component to make sure street security since we share the street.”

Additionally current at Saturday’s session was Mr Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and chairman of the Lively Mobility Advisory Panel.

“This consciousness initiative by Go-Forward Singapore shall be useful to each bus drivers and cyclists, as security is a collective duty of all street customers,” he mentioned.

“I urge everybody to proceed taking part in his or her half by adhering to guidelines and pointers, be gracious, and look out for each other on the roads.”

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