It is always good practice to wear protective gear whenever you are cycling.
However, being decked out in protective gear doesn't grant you superpowers or special protection against other road users/vehicles.
Watch this short clip and find out what I mean:
This incident occurred at a junction along Hougang Avenue 9.
A blatant disregard for traffic law
The traffic lights were green, which permitted the cam car and Bus 109 (travelling in the opposite direction) to proceed.
Despite having the right of way, the bus driver could be seen giving way to a pedestrian dressed in a white t-shirt before moving off.
As the bus driver moves off, a cyclist riding from the pavement sped across the pedestrian crossing.
This "genius" did not conform to the red man signal and ended up getting hit by the bus.
Clearly in the bus driver's blindspot
It is necessary to state that it is NOT easy driving such big vehicles (Eg. buses, trucks).
Although it may be easier for others to spot these larger vehicles, amplifying their road presence, this also means that these larger vehicles will have an increased number of blind spots which prevent their driver from having a clear view of his surrounding.
I hope this incident does not break the bus driver's rice bowl tho.
Agreed, a very challenging but necessary change to the system.
Any cycling community willing to defend this stupid cyclist, please step up now.
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