200 volunteers to be trained as safe cycling ambassadors

The People's Association and the Singapore Cycling Federation have teamed up to train 200 volunteers as safe cycling ambassadors so citizens know the dos and don'ts of cycling.
The People's Association and the Singapore Cycling Federation have teamed up to train 200 volunteers as safe cycling ambassadors so citizens know the dos and don'ts of cycling. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - As the Republic tries to go "car-lite" and push for healthier lifestyles, more people are expected to turn to bicycles. So, the People's Association and the Singapore Cycling Federation have teamed up to train 200 volunteers as safe cycling ambassadors so citizens know the dos and don'ts of cycling.

These ambassadors will be put through a six-hour course where they learn about bicycle safety tips, such as always wearing a helmet, having reflections on the bicycle, and what is the right seat adjustment level to prevent knee pains.

Not wearing helmets is a common mistake in Singapore, said Mr Azhar Yusof, 41, who is a trainer with the Singapore Cycling Federation.

"You may be a safe rider but someone else may not be. So if you were to fall, at least your head will be protected," he said.

On Sunday (Nov 20), Sembawang group representation constituency announced the first 16 ambassadors at a 15km morning ride.

Grassroot advisers - including Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan and Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) - and 150 cycling enthusiasts started the ride from Sembawang Community Club.


Sembawang MPs (from left, in purple) Lim Wee Kiak, Khaw Boon Wan and Ong Ye Kung take part in the 15km ride. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

By March next year, there will be 200 ambassadors across Singapore whose role will be to engage cycling interest groups and spread the safe riding message.

Said Mr Thangarajoo Ramesh, vice-chairman of Sembawang Neighbourhood Committee: "We should be aware that more cyclists on the park connectors and roads would mean that all road users need to exercise more care and caution, while showing consideration for one another.

"We hope to bring together our residents who like to cycle and equip them with the necessary skills so that they can take care of themselves and others."