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Students take part in safe cycling clinic

Students from Yu Neng Primary School took part in a clinic on Wednesday on how to stay safe while cycling. It was part of the fourth OCBC Cycle Singapore Safe Cycling campaign.

SINGAPORE: Students from Yu Neng Primary School took part in a clinic on Wednesday on how to stay safe while cycling.

It was part of the fourth OCBC Cycle Singapore Safe Cycling campaign.

Riders from the OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team gave the students tips on how to stay safe on the roads. These include having bells on bicycles, wearing helmets and obeying traffic rules.

Lessons were based on actual traffic situations and conducted within the school hall.

Two hundred helmets were also donated to less-privileged students at the school.

Organisers are exploring opportunities to conduct such clinics in more schools from May.

Low Ji Wen, an OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team rider, said: "I think it is very important to educate the young kids, the young cyclists from a very young age. I think it is absolutely crucial to this sport. It reduces the time that these kids spend learning, to actually riding."

Yu Neng Primary School has at least 15 students who cycle to school everyday.

Some of them also have the message driven home, at home.

Ryan Muhd Syafiq, a Primary 6 student at Yu Neng Primary School, said: "My parents have taught me to watch out for cars that speed up across traffic junctions. Sometimes the cars may not stop and if I don't look (out for them), the cars may knock me down."

Meanwhile, as part of the campaign, there is also a social media drive that encourages the cycling community to post photos of safe cycling behaviour.

The annual campaign had previously been a month-long affair but has now been spread out across the year, taking place on the last Sunday of each month.

However, it isn't all about just educating cyclists. The Singapore Road Safety Council and its partners are organising a Singapore Road Safety Month. One of its programmes will see drivers of heavy vehicles receiving a video that includes tips on how to share the roads safely with cyclists.

Mark Chow, senior manager of the Singapore Road Safety Council, said: "Regardless of whether you are a motorist, cyclist or even pedestrian, I think everyone has the responsibility to look out for each other while on the roads, and also to use the roads and share the roads responsibly."

The Singapore Road Safety Month takes place at the end of April.

It is the second such event planned by the Singapore Road Safety Council, together with other stakeholders like the Traffic Police and Land Transport Authority.

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