What is the Singapore Cycle Safe Programme?
It is a four (4) Level programme that equips cyclists with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to maneuver the cycling paths, roads and at cycling events in Singapore. During the course, the following areas are covered:
- Equipment safety checks
- Cyclist’s personal safety checks
- Cycling environment and potential hazards to look out for
- Knowledge and skills in cycle activity
Why was the Programme developed?
This programme is part of SCF’s mission to:
- Promote cycling for all
- Promote safe cycling
- Start them young
- Provide opportunities to upgrade skills
Who is the Programme targeted at?
The programme is ideal for everyone – for those who want to learn how to cycle, cycle safely within a traffic-free environment, cycle safely within the Park Connector Networks, cycle safely on Singapore Roads, and cycle safely during a cycling event and to commute on a bicycle.
How was the Programme developed?
The SCF took guidance from the Union CyclisteInternationale’s (UCI) Advocacy Commission which was mandated to oversee three key areas of work:
- Road Safety improvements to overcome barriers to cycle
- Opportunity and access for children to cycle
- Investment in sporting and everyday cycling infrastructure
The Programme was also modelled after the SwimSafer certification course. Just like how water survival skillsare imparted in the SwimSaferProgramme, traffic survival skills are imparted through the Singapore Cycle Safe Programme. The Programme addresses four (4) areas of safety viz. Equipment, Person, Environment, Cycling Activity. The Programmeis a progressive, with four levels of certification which imparts knowledge and skills required by a cyclist to negotiate their bicyclein Singapore (i.e. traffic free, park connector networks, road, and cycling event). The Programme has also adapted relevant materials from the National Parks, Singapore Police Force and Sport Singapore to ensure its comprehensiveness.
When was the Programme introduced?
In 2014, the Programme was initiated through a pilot conducted with the Park Connector Network team from National Parks and Sport Singapore.
In November 2015, the first batch of Trainers was certified and it is expected that by mid-2016, a batch of Cycle Safe Ambassadors would be trained.
What is the difference between the Trainer Course and the Ambassador Course?
How will the Programme be implemented?
The programme will be conducted by SCF and by its accredited TrainingPartners.
Who can I contact for more information on the programme?
Singapore Cycling Federation
Edwin Goh, firstname.lastname@example.org
SCF Accredited Training Partner
AsianDetoursPte Ltd, email@example.com
Details – Level 1 to 4 Programme Certification
Objective: At the end of the Level 1 Programme,a participant should be able to demonstrate good bike control within a traffic-free environment. Level 1 also accepts participants who want to learn how to ride a bicycle.
Activity outline: The fundamentals and techniques of safe cycling will be taught and students will be brought through theory and practical sessions.
Level 1 Assessment:
- Ride for 10 meter without putting the foot on ground
- Ride for 10 meters and stopping at the finish line
- Ride for 10 meters and stopping anytime on the blow of a whistle
- Ride for 10 meters within 50cm width markings
Objective: At the end of the Level 2 Programme,a participant should be able to demonstrate good bike control within the Park Connector Network.
Activity outline: A recap of Level 1 theory and practical skills assessment prior to participants starting off within quiet park connectors or empty car parks. The progression onto shared park connectors or utilized car parks will take place when the participants can demonstrate safe and confident bike control and handling. At the end of Level 2, participants should be able to demonstrate safe cycling maneuvers on shared park connectors.
Level 2 Assessment:
- Check for traffic surface / environment conditions and taking the appropriate measures
- Ride in a straight line at around 4km/hr (walking pace) for 30 seconds
- Making a U-Turn within the cycling path and demonstrating safety while doing so (checks, signal, go)
- Making a Turn within the cycling path and demonstrating safety while doing so (checks, signal, go)
- Demonstrating effective shifting of gears to suit various speed and gradient conditions (pedal forward, appropriate gear shift)
- Demonstrating correct Emergency Braking technique (early identification, preparation of potential hazards)
Objective: At the end of the Level 3 Programme,a participant should be able to demonstrate safe cycling on the roads.
Activity outline:Singapore Cycle Safe Level 3 focuses on developing advance-level bike handling and traffic skills. A recap of Level 1 to 2 theory and practical skills assessment is ensured before training proceeds to a quiet road and thereafter, to busier roads, as riders demonstrate their road competency skills and confidence. At the end of the course, participants should demonstrate being able to ride safely and confidently on the road.
Level 3 Assessment:
- Riding Single Hand for 10 meters while maintaining a straight line
- Riding Single Hand and looking back while maintaining a relatively straight line for 10 meters
- Demonstration of stopping effectively on hearing the blow of a whistle (body weight position, eye focus, pedal position, use of brakes)
- Demonstration of controlled skidding on hearing the blow of a whistle (body weight, eye focus, use of brakes)
- Participants to identify and make decisions on potential road hazards along road route (calls out the following; cars, traffic lights, road obstacles)
Objective: At the end of the Level 4 Programme, a participant shouldbe able to demonstrate safe cycling at a cycling event.
Activity outline: Singapore Cycle Safe Level 4 incorporates a range of specialized skills packages including cycling for fitness, road cycling, and bike maintenance. A recap of Level 1 to 3 theory and practical skills assessment will be conducted before commencement of Level 4.
Level 4 Assessment:
- Demonstrate clipping in & out without looking down at pedals
- Demonstrate drinking of water bottle without looking down at bottle cage
- Demonstrate lifting off front wheel from the ground
- Demonstrate lifting off rear wheel from the ground
- Demonstrate lifting off both front and rear wheel off the ground
- Demonstrate riding in a group calling / pointing out approaching hazards, maintaining the position in the group, changing position within the group safely, turning back while keeping bicycle in a straight line (only for road bicycles)
- Demonstrate the ability to sprint while standing up
- Demonstrate how to descend safely (pedal position while descending, pedal position while cornering, eye focus, body weight, use of brakes)
- Demonstrate how to stand up and climb safely (body weight, use of gears, eye focus)
- Demonstrate how to cycle as slow as possible without putting one foot on the ground (track stand)
- Demonstrate good control of the bicycle while touching another cyclists with either left or right hand
- Demonstrate how to control bicycle while using front wheel to touch another cyclists rear wheel while riding at slow speeds
Singapore Cycle Safe Ambassador (Level 1, 2)& (Level 3,4) Certification Programme:
Course suited for:
Parents, Lead Cyclists, Teachers, Community Sport Leaders, Cycling Safety Marshalls, School Leaders, Bicycle retailer, Event Planners.
The Ambassador Course duration is 6 hours for (Level 1, 2) and another 6 hours for (Level 3, 4). The course aims to equip you with the skills necessary to be equipped with cycle safe knowledge and advocate the Singapore Cycle Safe (Level 1, 2)& (Level 3, 4) Programme thus promoting safe cycling awareness. This course would cover safe cycling within the Park Connector Networks (PCN), Roads and Cycling Events.
By the end of the Ambassador’s course (Level 1, 2)& (Level 3, 4), Ambassadors are to be able to deliver cycle safe talks to increase awareness on safe cycling. This will be primarily delivered in a classroom setting with some elements of practical application.
5 minutes of presentation of 1 safety component of the programme
Singapore Cycle Safe Trainer (Level 1, 2) & (Level 3, 4) Certification Programme:
Course suited for:
Coaches, Physical Education Teachers, Instructors
- Any of the following: Bachelor of Education, Diploma or Degree in Sports Science/Sports Coaching, Level 1 Coaching certification of any Sport. Others with evidence of coaching/teaching/instructing in an existing sports setting maybe considered (i.e. Outward Bound Singapore Instructor, Fitness Instructor etc).
- 18 years of age and above
- Possess a valid standard first aid certification
- Demonstrate the basic competency of riding a bicycle safely through a 10 meter straight line course.
The Trainer course is 24 hours for (Level 1, 2) and another 24 hours for (Leve 3, 4). The Trainer course aims to equip you with the competencies to conduct the Singapore Cycle Safe (Level 1, 2)& (Level 3, 4) certification programme. This would cover learning how to cycle for beginners, cycling within the Park Connector Networks, Roads and Cycling Events.
By the end of the Trainer’s course, trainers are expected to confidently deliver the Singapore Cycle Safe (Level 1, 2) & (Level 3, 4) certification programme. This course will be primarily delivered in an outdoor practical setting with some elements of theory. By the end of the course, SCF will identify Mentor-Trainers who can potentially guide other Trainers and provide valuable peer feedback.
- Plan and conduct a practical skill session
- Submission of Risk Assessment and Management plan
- Plan and conduct an educational talk on safe cycling
- Complete a 30-hour practical attachment on conclusion of the course, with a minimum of one SCF organised educational session and one SCF organised skills session.
SCF Accredited Training Partner
- Should you be keen to apply to be an SCF Accredited Training Partner, you will be required to:Meet all accreditation requirements including, but not limited to, copy of business registration, copy of Insurance Policy Coverage, list of SCF certified Trainers, valid standard first aid certification for all Trainers and other documentation, as required by SCF.
- Abide by the Trainer’s Code of Ethics
- Abide by SCF’s quality guidelines for the relevant service.
- Complete the application process, sign-off on an Agreement and pay the requisite fee of $2,500.00 per year, based on 12 calendar months.
- For further information, please send an email to Edwin Goh, firstname.lastname@example.org