I WOULD like to comment on two points raised by Mr Jose Raymond Thomas in his letter last Thursday ('Danger cyclists').
Many cyclists who ride without lights are poor, old and unemployed. It costs money to equip a bicycle with a lamp that uses batteries. I have also lost two bicycle lamps before.
Regarding cycling against the traffic, many areas in Singapore have no bicycle lanes so the poor cyclists have to share one lane with cars, buses and huge trucks. Some of these drivers are irresponsible and reckless and, when they overtake a cyclist, the poor cyclist has to swerve, which is quite impossible for the very young and very old. Many cyclists who ride along the road are also forced to do it and are not able to handle their bikes well. Thus, they may get hurt or lose their lives through no fault of theirs.