TANAH MERAH, Dec 24 — The Kelantan Cycling Association (PBNK) has urged cycling enthusiasts in the state to prioritise road safety rules when conducting any cycling activities.
Its president Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Fared Abdul Ghani said this following the growing interest in cycling activities among the public of late.
“Recently, the issue of cyclists riding on the road has gone viral on social media, and it has created the impression that cycling causes problems to road users.
“It is undeniable that some cyclists cycle dangerously on the road, especially when changing lanes, which can cause problems for other road users,” he said when met by Bernama here today.
Social media has been abuzz over the issue following several incidents concerning irresponsible groups of cyclists that have disregarded road safety rules while cycling on roads.
Mohd Fared said the issue might have come about due to new or inexperienced cyclists, adding that the association had previously ensured there were experienced trainers and marshalls at all activities conducted by cycling clubs and associations in the state.
“Cyclists need to be knowledgeable about safety rules while cycling on the road, especially wearing safety gear.
“They can participate in programmes organised by the association or any other body to learn more about the proper way to cycle from experienced and accredited trainers,” he said, adding that cycling was also a way to solve social problems among teenagers.
“Don’t let a small irresponsible group who disregard road safety rules dampen the public’s enthusiasm about cycling. It will indirectly hurt efforts to identify new talent in the sport,” he said.