Singapore Road Safety Month 2016
The Singapore Road Safety Month (SRSM) 2016 was launched on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 at Qihua Primary School by Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social and Family Development. The SRSM is in its fourth year and this year’s road safety activities would mirror last year’s theme – inculcating road safety amongst the young and cyclists.
The SRSM 2016 is a flagship event of the SRSC, which is designed to raise awareness of road safety in Singapore. This year’s SRSM features the launch of Volvo Trucks Singapore’s “Stop, Look, Wave” Road Safety Programme for children and the Pilot of the Land Transport Authority’s Safe Cycling Programme for Secondary School Students. The “Stop, Look, Wave” programme is designed to educate children to look out for heavy vehicle blind spots and measures to prevent accidents. Children were taught the importance of road safety measures through a theory session, and thereafter a hands-on session at the Volvo truck display area to learn about blind spots in relation to heavy vehicles. They were taught road safety practices and measures to observe when they encounter a heavy vehicle.
In conjunction with recommendations of new rules and code of conduct for cyclists by the Active Mobility Advisory Panel, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SRSC are developing a Safe Cycling Programme (SCP) – aimed at educating cyclists on safe cycling practices, proper use of cycling infrastructure, the rules and code of conduct and to promote safe and responsible cycling. The programme, once developed, would be rolled out to secondary school students, foreign workers and general commuters. The pilot of the SCP was launched during the SRSM to obtain feedback from students about the programme, so that it could be fine-tuned to suit users better. The pilot comprised a theory and practical session with participation of students from East View Secondary School.