Teaching children to ride safely
There is a need to focus on sustainability of programmes to affect change concerning mosquito bike activities, and the Podium Kids Malacca project has just this in mind.
“It can be done continuously to benefit the community,” said programme coaching director Fairoz Izni Abdul Ghani.
The Podium Kids Malacca programme started two weeks ago following the Johor Baru bicycle tragedy in which eight teenagers were killed in an early morning accident. It has so far attracted a strong following.
Fairoz said: “Yesterday (Saturday), we ran another programme for the pioneer group of children from Bukit Serindit.
“We held simple races for them for the first time.
“The cost of these activities should be low to ensure they are sustainable.
“Our objective is to keep children away from unhealthy activities.”
He said the group would be trained to ride in a convoy in a disciplined manner, and would join another group for activities in Klebang.
“We have identified groups of such riders but to maintain safety, we do not want them to gather in the same place.
“Those from Klebang have to ride over to Bukit Serindit,” he said.
Several contributors have stepped in to provide participants with safety gear such as helmets and brakes, as well as prizes for the competitions held during the programme.
The programme is usually held every Saturday between 7.30am and 11am.
Fairoz said: “Eventually, we will need more volunteers to join us and run the programme as I can only be in one area at a time.
“We can already see the children looking at how they can race properly.”
He said good word of mouth had spread around Malacca about children riding mosquito bikes, fixed gear bikes or gravity bikes. Many across the city had even contacted him to find out more about the programme.
“Next week, we will start to engage with groups in Klebang.
“So, I hope when they see the group from Bukit Serindit arriving with helmets and brakes on their bicycles, the others will be influenced to adhere to the guidelines.”
The programme involves safety briefings and races and is aimed at ensuring that all bicycle gangs in the state are engaged and taught the basic rules of cycling.
Coaching director Fairoz Izni Abdul Ghani briefing children on safe riding in Bukit Serindit, Malacca, yesterday.