By Sheeda Fathil
SHAH ALAM, May 29 — Raja Muda of Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has launched the Smart Cycling campaign at Stadium Shah Alam, here today.
The programme organised by the Selangor Youth Community (SAY) aims to educate the cycling community by prioritising the safety aspects of cycling and preparations made before and during the activity.
Tengku Amir, in his speech, said the campaign is crucial to strengthen and unite the cycling ecosystem in Selangor.
“The campaign is not only for uniting the cycling community but also to provide information, knowledge and preparation to both experienced and new cyclists.
“It also aims to improve awareness and tolerance among road users and prevent the occurrence of untoward accidents,” he said.
The Smart Cycling campaign is borne by the Menteri Besar Selangor (Incorporated) (MBI) in strategic collaboration with the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNFC), the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) and the Darul Ehsan Facilities Management (DEFM).
The event, which ran from 8am until 2pm, featured various exciting activities, including Ride Safe Clinic, where cyclists were taught about preparation, safety and the do’s and don’ts while cycling.
Apart from that, a ‘Push Bike’ competition was also held for children aged three to six years old, BMX bike performances, forum sessions and exhibitions from various agencies and bicycle associations.
Tengku Amir also spent nearly an hour chatting with small paddlers and visited the bicycle exhibition.
Meanwhile, campaign director Muhammad Syazwan Mohd Daut said more than 100 people took part in the event which includes 20 different amateur, semi-professional and professional cyclist communities throughout the country.
“Aside from holding the event for the cycling groups, the inaugural event is also to share cycling safety tips that many may have taken for granted.
“We are confident that the campaign would go on to share the information and guide in cycling so that we can have more professional cyclists,” he told SelangorKini.
Muhammad Syazwan said the Smart Cycling Handbook was also launched where the public can scan a QR code to get the guide and tips in making cycling preparations.
“The book shares about the tools needed and also the do’s and don’ts while cycling.
“There are many who want to get into cycling but they don’t have enough information or know where to start. Therefore, we hope that the guidebook would help,” he said.