In light of the calls for energy conservation and carbon reduction, cycling is now more popular than ever. In fact, cycling in Kinmen is not only eco-friendly but also recreational. In response to the latest trend of cycling, the Kinmen County Government has published the Student Cycling Handbook to remind all cyclists that while environmental protection is important, they should be equally concerned about their own road safety.
Kinmen County Government pointed out that the publication is in fact identical copy of Taichung City Student Cycling Handbook; after acquiring permission from the Taichung City government, the county government has reprinted the handbook for distribution in Kinmen. Content of the handbook include: how to maneuver a bicycle correctly; the right way to ride a bicycle; the additional gears and options one can install on his bicycle; regular inspection and maintenance for a bicycle; instructions for basic bicycle repair; general traffic knowledge; regulations that cyclists commonly violate; how to acquire license for bicycle and so forth.
The county government also stated that bicycle is a safe and convenient means of transportation that requires no energy but rider's peddling. A bicycle is an economic, safe and eco-friendly tool that not only serves as a tool for physical fitness training/recreation but also an ideal means of transportation for short distances that is worthy of extensive promotion in Kinmen.
The primary objective of offering instructions on cycling is to help students understand the basics about bicycles including how to select the right bicycle based on their own physiques and learn how to adjust the cushion to appropriate height. Students will also learn how to maintain balance by paddling with equal strength on both legs so as to ride safely in the right way and pay attention to various details on safety and bicycle maintenance.
Although cycling is a relatively safe sport and the bicycle is great equipment for recreation/physical fitness and transportation, cyclists are by no means exempted from accidents. This is why cyclists must protect themselves by wearing cycling helmets properly to according to the rules.
In order to keep a bicycle in normal function, regular bicycle maintenance is necessary for the safety of the cyclist himself and other road users. Cyclists should also take note and observe all pertinent traffic regulations. When students cultivate the right concepts of safety and values for life at a young age, they will be able to assimilate and internalize such concepts when they grow up.
The county government also emphasizes that Kinmen County enjoys a comprehensive network of transportation to offer the greatest accessibility. The roads are level and the sceneries are pleasant, making the county the best place to promote cycling as a recreational sport. As such, the task of teaching students to cultivate the right cycling techniques and knowledge to ensure these young road users obey all traffic regulations for the sake of their own safety has also been included as an important goal for the county government. In light of the soaring prices of energies and severe air pollution, the promotion of safe cycling is no doubt the best solution for our society at this point.