Chaos Ensued as a Driver in Singapore Knocked Down a Cyclist During a Green Light

Published 10/08/2023, 1:35 PM EDT

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A startling incident at a green light intersection in Singapore has ignited a fierce debate over who bears the responsibility behind it. The scene marked a cyclist getting knocked down after he continued his ride, unaware of the road signals. The unexpected crash took place on October 2nd, at around 8:31 p.m. when the vehicle was approaching the pedestrian crossing. The alleged driver, seemingly oblivious to the cyclist’s presence, had reportedly accelerated into the rider. 

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When two pedestrians safely stepped onto the pavement,  the driver proceeded without slowing down after the light turned green. Shockingly, from the right lane, a cyclist also continued to cross the road, maintaining a steady pace. As he briefly glanced at the approaching car, the man met with unprecedented damage. Dashcam footage shared on Facebook captured the harrowing moment, sparking arguments about its cause. While this case began its stinging course, the rapid ascent of tragic events involving cycling trips has stirred up the local communities. 

Cycling during a green signal goes horribly wrong 

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Apparently, the car driver had refrained from applying the brakes, resulting in the astonishing bang that immediately sent the bicycle rider sprawling. Despite the slow speed and close proximity, he failed to notice the cyclist. As they collided, the driver exclaimed, “Come from where one?”, showcasing his confusion. He opened the car door with utter surprise, trying to check on the injured cyclist. 

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Fortunately, the cycling man did not face any serious consequences, as the car was traveling at a slower speed than usual. Although the incident had a reduced impact, it soon prompted a heated online debate among netizens. Many users pointed fingers at the driver, emphasizing the importance of remaining vigilant and watching out carefully. Whereas, some questioned how the car owner could have failed to see the cyclist, speculating on his intention. 

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However, others extended the benefit of the doubt, as one user suggested that the car’s A-pillar could have obstructed the vehicle rider’s view. Another commenter highlighted the potential differences between the dashcam view and a driver’s perspective. As this case was still under evaluation, a similar accident in the Kallang area has raised eyebrows among cycling enthusiasts. 

Van clashes with cyclist due to reckless driving 

Another recent incident of cycling mishaps took place on the Kallang road, depicting a moment that underscores the importance of obeying traffic signals. As per reports, a cyclist collided with a van after boldly crossing the road, even when the traffic light was clearly red. Fortunately, the cycling man appeared to escape with minor injuries, as he was seen standing up right after the horrific crash. 

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It happened on July 31st, recorded around 7:30 in the morning, with the sequence of events getting captured on video. The footage was also shared on Facebook later. The video clearly portrayed that both the main traffic light and the pedestrian signal had already turned red, signaling a halt for all road users. However, the determined cyclist, seemingly in a hurry, has seemingly approached the crossing at a brisk pace. 

His cycling trip took a fateful halt as he was knocked off the bicycle, with the van owner exiting his vehicle to check on the man. The video quickly went viral on Facebook, with many expressing concerns over the cyclist’s reckless behavior. Few users unequivocally blamed the cyclist for failing to heed the red signal. On the other hand, some noted that the collision could have had much graver consequences if a larger vehicle was involved. 

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According to the Land Transport Authority (LTA), cyclists are not legally required to wear helmets when crossing roads between public paths. Nevertheless, LTA strongly encourages all cyclists to wear helmets for their safety. The rising numbers of cycling accidents in recent times have unleashed worries about safety regulations and traffic control enforcement. While the incidents may not have resulted in severe injuries due to the slow speed, these cautionary tales urge people to remain attentive on the road.

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Sanchari Bhaduri

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Sanchari Bhaduri is a Viral Sports Moments writer at EssentiallySports. Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from IGNOU, she embarked on her content creation career in 2015 with freelance projects. Her previous role involved her serving as a Content Manager for Reddit.
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Anuj Jacob

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