School children in Singapore are being taught cycling so that they can use their bicycles safely while sharing roads, pavements and park connectors with other users.
Singapore Cycling Federation (SCF) regularly organises programmes in schools and teach the basic skills of driving cycles safely on the roads.
The trainers of SCF demonstrate the right way of putting on helmets, right technique to grip handlebars to reduce any injuries in case of a fall and other cycling tips. The students are also taught how to control their bicycles before learning how to balance on them.
Joyce Lee, Physical education head of Holy Innocents' Primary School, said, “We want to provide opportunities for our pupils to develop cycling as an important core life skill. This is in line with NurtureSG to continue fostering healthy habits in our pupils and equip them with the life skill that they need so that they can embrace healthy living.”
Cycle Safe is a national level cycling programme whose mission is to equip all students with safe cycling awareness, safe cycling skills and practical ways to demonstrate acts of graciousness while cycling along shared spaces.
With its four-level progressive programme, Cycle Safe is customised towards Singapore’s network of park connectors and roads. Since 2016, 1,000 participants have participated and the SCF said that it is working towards certifying 2,000 students this year.