New programme on safe cycling to be launched by OCBC Bank and NParks

OCBC-NParks Ride Safe programme aims to educate park users on the importance of safe cycling around pedestrians and other park users.
OCBC-NParks Ride Safe programme aims to educate park users on the importance of safe cycling around pedestrians and other park users.PHOTO: OCBC

SINGAPORE - A new programme on safe cycling will soon be launched to educate cyclists on topics such as awareness of pedestrians, types of cycling gear and bicycle maintenance.

The Ride Safe programme, a tie-up between OCBC Bank and the National Parks Board (NParks), will see three workshops conducted a year, for the next three years.

OCBC Bank and NParks said in a joint statement on Tuesday: "NParks will work with experienced riders from cycling interest groups such as LoveCyclingSG to conduct the workshops and pass on this suite of knowledge."

The first workshop will be conducted on July 18 at East Coast Park.

After the session, participants will get to take part in a 11km mass ride along the Park Connector Network to Gardens by the Bay East. The event will then end with an outdoor movie screening.

OCBC Bank's group corporate communications head Koh Ching Ching said: "We are happy to work with NParks on this new safe cycling programme, expanding our OCBC Cycle's safe cycling campaign to a larger audience.

"OCBC first extended our support for a safe cycling campaign back in 2010, pushing out safe cycling messages to schools and road cyclists. With this new Ride Safe programme alongside NParks, we now have a more structured programme to spread safe cycling knowledge to more people."

NParks' senior director for parks Kartini Omar said: "It is heartening to see local companies taking the lead on safe riding.

"With the increased use of our park spaces for social and family gatherings, and cycling being established as a popular form of recreation and sport, it is important to share with park users the correct tips on what to do and what to look out for."

Members of the public can register for 200 spots in the inaugural safe cycling mass event at www.nparks.gov.sg/ocbcnparksridesafe from 30 June 2015. Registration is free.

Admission to the outdoor movie screening is open to the public for free.

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