As Malaysians, we don’t think too much about bicycle safety. It’s more or less something we learnt from experience, our parents, or our friends. But did you know that there are actual, serious bicycle safety rules to follow to ensure a safer and more pleasant ride for you and fellow commuters?
The Malaysian IATSS Forum Alumni (MIFA) will be organising a bicycle safety workshop targeting the residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) this weekend. Open to all Malaysian residents aged 10 to 60, Cycle Safe will be held at Taman Lembah Kiara on Saturday 31 March 2018 from 8am to 12.30pm.
Apart from raising awareness on bicycle safety, Cycle Safe aims to assist residents with last mile connectivity (which mainly refers to the commute from an LRT station to one’s home, vice versa) and access to school for children within their neighbourhood.
“Today, people are afraid to ride bicycles as they worry about their safety. We hope with these workshops, the safety aspects can be addressed,” said Cycle Safe programme manager Firdaus Nisha Muhammad Faizal.
The workshop, a collaboration with Transition TTDI, will cover topics such as bicycle-sharing ethics, increasing visibility on roads, crossing an intersection and the techniques of cycling in traffic among other things. There will also be a bicycle ride session from Taman Lembah Kiara to the TTDI MRT Station, where you’ll get to put what you’ve learnt into practice.
Other collaborators for the event include MIROS (Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research), bike-sharing platform oBike, bike-community Bike Kitchen KL, TTDI Residents Association, DBKL, and IATSS Forum Japan.
This sustainable transport initiative supports two of United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) namely:
Goal 3 – Good health and well-being: reducing air pollution in cities will significantly improve human health (through physical activity); and
Goal 11 – which aims to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (bike-ability skills and of places).
The IATSS Forum is an international leadership training programme directed towards young people from nine ASEAN nations including Malaysia, that brings participations together for 55 days in Japan to study Sustainability. MIFA is the alumni of Malaysians who have attended the IATSS Forum.
For more information on the workshop, please contact m.iatss[email protected]