Promoting safe cycling in Sibu


Safety first: Cyclists will be told of the importance of being safe while on the road.

SIBU: Some 350 cyclists are expected to take part in the “Share The Road” campaign organised by the Sibu Youth Council.

The event on June 7 from 7am starts at the town square and ends at Kolej Laila Taib, a distance of 7km.

Sibu Municipal Council deputy chairman Datuk Andrew Wong said yesterday that the campaign was to create awareness among motorists to share the road with cyclists.

To the cyclists, it is to tell them of the importance of safety first while on the road. This includes not having two or three persons cycling next to each other, not exceeding three feet from the road shoulder and use hand signals when taking lanes.

“We are organising this event as a number of students, especially those from Kolej Laila Taib, University College of Technology Sarawak and Methodist Pilley Institute, are from outstation who have to cycle to get around as they do not have other modes of transport,” he said.

Wong said because of this, the event would held every month or else it would defeat the purpose of encouraging people to cycle.

On the route for the event, he said it was chosen to tell cyclists that it was safe to cycle in that area rather than anywhere in the town.

“On that day we have prepared 350 T-shirts to be given out to those participating in the event,” he added. – By ANDY CHUA

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