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Updated: 12/15/2013 14:10 | By Channel NewsAsia

1,000 cyclists take part in 75km overnight ride to promote safe cycling

1,000 cyclists take part in 75km overnight ride to promote safe cycling


1,000 cyclists take part in 75km overnight ride to promote safe cycling

SINGAPORE: Some 1,000 cyclists have taken part in an overnight ride to promote awareness of safe cycling.

The People's Association said the ride, which covers 75 kilometres, is the largest community effort in Singapore to advance the safety cause.

Member of Parliament (MP) for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC Zainudin Nordin flagged off Ride to Sunrise 2013 at East Coast Park on Saturday night.

Minister of State for National Development and MP for Jurong GRC Desmond Lee cycled with the participants.

In keeping with the safety message, participants at the event were seen togged in night-visible riding apparel and had proper protective gear.

They cycled around Singapore's eastern and central districts, passing through park connectors and dedicated cycling paths in areas including Tampines, Punggol and Yishun.

Safety cyclists were on hand to guide the participants, who come from different walks of life, on understanding matters such as who has the right of way on roads and footpaths.

The organisers said they hope that participants will continue to practise good cycling habits after the event.

Ride to Sunrise 2013 also saw the breaking of Singapore Book of Records for the largest overnight cycling expedition, said the organisers.

597 cyclists completed the 75km ride, returning to the finishing point at PA Headquarters from 6.30am on Sunday after cycling for more than eight hours. - CNA/ec

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