Bells, whistles and lights… Take cycling safety seriously!

I highly welcome the decision by the Putrajaya district police requiring all cyclists in Putrajaya to have safety features, such as bells, lights and brakes come Jan 9, 2021.

The move will benefit all road users greatly. The lighting system, recommended safety features and safe riding techniques will greatly improve your safety.

All cyclists in Malaysia should also adopt the safety concept regardless if you are using the bicycle on a highway or a residential park.

There is no two ways about it. The call by the police only serves to increase safety and reduce accidents.

I have heard and read of reports of how some cyclists suffer superficial injuries while some lose their life. I take no joy in reading or listening to stories like this. I humbly urge all cyclists to please practise the concept of riding to be seen.

I also understand that the road is for all users, and one might even employ the concept of “right time and right place”.

However, my only advice to all cyclists regardless of your geographical location is to please spare a thought for your safety. Use all safety features regardless of night or day.

Heed the call of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and make sure that your bicycle is equipped with the proper safety features.

Wearing bright and reflective clothing will also help improve other road users in noticing your presence, and this complements the installed lighting system as well.

Think of your life and the lives of others. There is no currency in the world that can bring back the deceased. – Jan 6, 2021


Yeap Ming Liong
Subang Jaya, Selangor

The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.

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