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Students to learn about safe cycling on the roads with launch of cycling clinics

The Straits Times | Monday, May 26, 2014

Called the Safe Cycling Clinic for Youth, secondary school students will learn how to manoeuvre their bikes in tight corners and what to look out for on the roads, at half-day clinics held at the Road Safety Community Park or their schools.


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Here is the statement from Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Transport:

A very good morning to everyone. I am happy to see all of you at the launch of the Safe Cycling Programme for Youth, which also happens to be the last segment of the Singapore Road Safety Month (SRSM) 2014.

Over the past few weeks, the SRSM programme has focused on various aspects of road safety. The SRSM supports the Traffic Police's "Safer Roads Singapore" action plan launched last year to foster a culture of safe and courteous road use in our community. "Every Life Matters", whether you are motorist, pedestrian or cyclist, and all of us can ensure better road safety by practicing good road use habits and work together as a community to generate ideas for safer roads for everyone.

Importance of Conscientious Road Use

I would like to commend the 153 motorists present at today's event, who have been identified as motorists who have demonstrated exemplary behaviour to make our roads safer. Some of them, like Mr Sabari Arulraj and Ms Siti Nuraishah, are gracious drivers on the roads. They give way to other road users, contributing towards a more pleasant road experience for everyone. Others go the extra mile to provide assistance to other road users and ensuring their safety. Mr Tuan Anuar Bin Tuan Man is one such example. Mr Tuan was driving his lorry along Sembawang Road when he noticed an elderly lady limping across the road. Mr Tuan stopped his lorry to help her cross the road safely. These are great role models for the community to look up to, and I would like to commend them, and invite everyone to join me in thanking them for their outstanding behaviour with a round of applause.

Enhancing the Safety of Cyclists

The focus for today's event is on youth cyclists. This is an important focus for us because while the number of cyclist fatalities has been on a downward trend since 2008, there were still 14 cycling fatalities on our roads last year. Of these 14 fatalities, two were youth cyclists aged 10 and 14.

Launch of "Safe Cycling Programme for Youth"

Safe cycling is a life skill that we want to teach people as early as possible in their lives. In partnership with the Safe Cycling Task Force (SCTF), we will introduce a new "Safe Cycling Programme for Youth", to several secondary schools. The programme will educate young cyclists like yourselves, and equip them with basic riding skills. SCTF is also working with MOE to introduce Safe Cycling Clinics to be held in schools during their weekly assemblies. We hope that this will encourage responsible cycling behaviour amongst the youth. Today, a selected group of students from 100 secondary schools in the East Zone will experience this first hand. We aim to bring this programme to more schools to benefit more students. I am pleased to see a large number of National Police Cadet Corp cadets here today not just to assist the trainers in setting up the stations, but also being able to learn about road safety and guiding other young cyclists at the same time. I hope that you will share the safe cycling tips learnt today with your friends and family members.

Beyond this, in the longer term, the Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Committee, which I chair, is looking into implementing a national voluntary cyclist education programme. This initiative is led by the Singapore Road Safety Council and will involve volunteers from cycling groups, academics and other agencies. This programme will have curricula customised for different groups of cyclists and will include cycling skills, safe cycling practices, infrastructure familiarisation and information on cycling resources in Singapore.

Conclusion

I will like to take this opportunity to thank the Singapore Road Safety Council and the Traffic Police for their continuous efforts in promoting road safety, and all the volunteers who have taken time off to help us in our journey towards safer roads. Everyone has a part to play in making road safety a priority. Every Life Matters. Play your part in road safety. Thank you.

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