I was saddened by the recent news of an accident along the Seria By-Pass Highway, involving a man being knocked off his bicycle by a car resulting in his death.
Cycling has been gaining popularity, along with other outdoor activities such as jogging and hiking, especially since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, there have been an increasing number of cyclists along roads and highways.
I believe it is high time for the authorities to consider creating cycle lanes in popular biking zones to ensure public safety. Take for example the Netherlands. The country even has separate paths for cyclists. While we may not need to go as far as the Dutch, there are good ideas to draw from when designing our own system.
There is also a pressing need to educate cycling enthusiasts about road rules and safety, such as wearing a helmet and being vigilant when biking along busy roads.
Similarly, motorists should exercise caution at all times when navigating the roads. The technological era that we live in has introduced questionable habits that may put a lot of lives at risk, such as the use of a mobile phone while driving.
Authorities should consider sterner action against these irresponsible drivers, such as steeper fines, to dissuade them from the habit. It is quite possible that a lot of road accidents have been largely due to drivers not paying enough attention on the road.
I believe there is also a need for more road safety campaigns to encourage the public to adopt better driving habits, such as pulling over to the side of the road to answer an important phone call or respond to a work text message.
Perhaps even roadshows in schools to get children to understand the importance of road safety so they could call out the adults transporting them when committing dangerous practices such as speeding and not using the indicator when switching lanes.