New Ubin scheme to push safety message

A resident of Pulau Ubin cycling down a slope at Pulau Ubin.
A resident of Pulau Ubin cycling down a slope at Pulau Ubin.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Pulau Ubin now has an improved scheme where volunteers promote safe cycling habits to visitors and provide fire safety advice.

The Pulau Ubin Safety and Security Team initiative was launched yesterday at the kampung island, by the Singapore Police Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force, together with the Siglap Citizens' Consultative Committee and the National Parks Board.

The team will spread crime prevention messages and serve as the eyes and ears for the police on the island. It comprises grassroots volunteers from the Changi Point-Ubin Area sub-committee, along with members of the Civil Defence Lionhearters and Siglap Community Emergency and Engagement Committee.

This initiative is part of the Home Team's community engagement efforts on Pulau Ubin to boost safety and security there.

The team is an enhancement to the Ubin Community on Patrol initiative, formed in 2009, where volunteers patrol near Punai Hut, outside the Chek Jawa Wetlands, every third Sunday of the month.

During their patrols, these volunteers provide advice on safe cycling practices, such as dismounting and pushing bicycles on steep slopes, and wearing proper cycling gear. They are also trained to provide basic first aid, where necessary.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2016, with the headline 'New Ubin scheme to push safety message'. Print Edition | Subscribe