Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Forum: Cycling can be way of life in S'pore again

Over the past few weeks, a number of readers wrote about the problems with bike-sharing services (What community service do these firms provide?, by Mr Gabriel Moreau, Nov 29; and Bike-sharing mess not just LTA's problem, by Mr Lim Chee Khiam, Dec 1).

Bike-sharing operators do benefit the community in many ways.

Last month, I saw six boys cycling in Ang Mo Kio.

There was nothing unusual about the sight, except that one boy was on a black bicycle while his five friends were riding identical yellow bicycles.

It is because of bike-sharing operators like Ofo and MoBike that these young boys were able to enjoy an afternoon out riding together.

Bike sharing also makes it easier for people to move around different parts of Singapore without adding to the traffic jam and air pollution.

Furthermore, the cost that goes into learning to cycle is low, which means that more people can learn to ride a bicycle.

With this, hopefully, the authorities will invest less in widening roads and building new expressways for motor vehicles, and more into improving cycling paths.

In the meantime, when I see shared bicycles parked "indiscriminately", I will move them so they do not block access for other people.

When I see a shared bicycle on the ground, I will pick it up, and when I see a bike that has been thrown into the canal, I will report it using the OneService app.

I hope our streets will one day be like those of the Myanmar city of Mandalay 20 years ago, with very few cars and only the sound of the whirring of bicycle gears in the air.

More in Singapore are cycling as shown by these bicycles parked at Jurong East MRT station

Hopefully, the major "vehicle parks" in Singapore in the future will be rows upon rows of neatly parked bicycles.

Yum Shoen Liang

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Vaccination can prevent pneumonia

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by inhaling a huge dose of germs.

Every year, close to one in five people here lose their lives to pneumonia, making it the second most common cause of death after cancer. It is also the fourth most common reason for hospitalisation here.

But the silent killer is actually vaccine-preventable, said Associate Professor Philip Eng, a senior consultant respiratory physician at Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

A pneumococcal vaccination is recommended for those who are above 65 years old.

Those who are below 65 but have co-morbidities such as diabetes, kidney failure, cancer, HIV, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma are also encouraged to go for a pneumococcal jab.

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/vaccination-can-prevent-pneumonia

Quote by Mr Kwek Hiok Chuang: On protective parents

Being 'mummied' won't help teens

"As children get older, it's important to give them space to grow up and manage tasks independently... Being overly protective or overly supportive can deny them learning opportunities. I believe most parents know this, theoretically. Some are just too quick to intervene.

"Express support and offer advice, but give young people time to solve their own problems. Intervening too often doesn't do them any good."

- Mr Kwek Hiok Chuang retired last year after 38 years in the education service.

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Exceptional people: Samaritans in Singapore

Source: http://epaper.tnp.sg/jr/jrpc.php?date=2017-12-04&page=1&ed=1