SINGAPORE - OCBC Cycle 2015 is all set for a whole new experience, especially with a new organiser onboard.
Some lucky cyclists will even be given the opportunity to ride into the National Stadium and finish their races inside.
The event, set for Aug 29 and 30 next year, will start at the Singapore Sports Hub and end within it as well but at varied locations.
The Straits Times said that new safety measures were introduced after the event suffered its first fatality at this year's edition.
Full-time national serviceman, Chia Wee Kiat, died from serious head injuries in a crash during the 59km Super Challenge, reported The Straits Times.
In a statement to the press, OCBC Bank said that the safety of all participants is a pertinent concern and along with the organiser, Pich Event Management Ptd Ltd, they have introduced a set of measures to ensure safety.
Here are the safety measures:
To enhance safety of cyclists on event route
(a) Cap the total number of participants at 9,000, with limits set for each ride category.
(b) Refine the route to reduce congestion and keep cyclists of widely-differing ability apart.
(c) Remove the '60 km-Super Challenge' category.
(d) Use taller and heavier lane demarcation devices for better visibility.
(e) Equip route marshals with light sticks for better visibility when signalling to participants.
(f) Place prominent digital and non-digital directional and safety signs along the route.
(g) Station safe cycling ambassadors along the route to provide assistance and guidance.
To shorten first-aid response time
(a) Increase the number of route marshals.
(b) Deploy more paramedics on motorbikes/ bicycles along the route, especially at higher-risk sections.
(c) Prominently display the event emergency hotline number on each participant's bib, helmet stickers and bike tag.
To educate and reinforce safe cycling etiquette
(a) Produce a video of the route to help participants familiarise themselves with it.
(b) Produce a video on safe cycling etiquette.
(c) Continue to advocate safe cycling via the annual OCBC Cycle Safe Cycling Campaign - which aims to encourage motorists and cyclists to responsibly share the roads - with specially-made cycling jerseys, car decals, a designated safe cycling day and safe cycling clinics in schools.
The Straits Times reported that more route marshals and paramedics will be deployed, while routes have been refined to minimise congestion and segregate cyclists according to their abilities.
Samuel Tsien, Group CEO of OCBC Bank, said: "Working together with our new organiser, we are pleased that we will be able to elevate the OCBC Cycle experience for cyclists across communities. The safety of all participants is our top priority. We will work with the new organiser to put in place a range of new safety measures."
OCBC Bank had terminated its agreement with its previous organiser for the mass-cycling event back in July this year.
Pich Event Management Ptd Ltd was selected among 12 companies in an open tender exercise to be next year's event organiser.
Registration will take place in Mar 2015.
For more details, visit www.ocbccycle.com.