Night ride held to stress cycling safety

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

AROUND 100 cyclists from the public and the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) took part in a “Night Safety Ride” last night in the bid to raise awareness on the proper use of safety gear.

A representative from the Traffic Investigation and Control Department said such initiatives were necessary following the recent rise of road accidents involving cyclists and motorists.

“For example, just recently (last Sunday) there was an accident involving a cyclist who luckily only sustained minor injuries (fractures) along the Seria Bypass, so there is a need for these kind of initiatives,” he said.

The representative said the 100 cyclists in the event had adequate bike lights and safety gear including helmets and flourescent clothing to highlight that safety should be a priority for bicycle riders.

He said that the event was also to show that cyclists and road users could share the road safely.

It was reported that two cyclists died in Brunei roads last year.

The three-hour and 52km-night ride was flagged off and ended at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.

The group of bicycle riders went via highway through checkpoints at Jerudong Park Playground and waterfront in the capital then made their way back to the stadium.

The representative said the cycling event, organised by the RBPF cycling club, was the first of its kind together with the public.

Present as the guest of honour to start off the race was Acting Director of the RBPF Traffic Investigation and Control department Hj Mohd Hassan Pehin Penyurat Hj Awg Ahmad.

The Brunei Times