Articles by Liam


Cycling Might Become A Possible Transport Option In Singapore

Khaw Boon Wan (Singapore’s National Development Minister) strongly believes that cycling has the potential of becoming a possible transport option for the Singapore residents in order to visit places such as the MRT station, hawker center, coffee shop, supermarket etc. This can happen only when efforts are made to make this mode of transportation more pleasant and safe in Singapore.

A blog titled as “4 Wheels Good, 2 Wheels and 2 Feet Even Better” was posted on 22nd of October, 2014 in which Mr. Khaw stated that Singapore has good pavements and pedestrians are always given priority. Therefore the country is quite well-developed in relation to walking.

But according to him, Singapore is not that perfect also. He gave examples of cities such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam and said that cycling and walking are the most common modes of transportation in these cities. In comparison to these cities, Singapore is way behind.

Cycling occupies only around 1% to 2% of the modes of transportation in Singapore, said Mr. Khaw. Cycling should be viewed as not only a means for recreation but also transportation.

In the blog post, Mr. Khaw also mentioned about the National Cycling Plan according to which 700Km cycling network will be developed in Singapore. By 2015, cycling paths (intra-town) will be created in Bedok, Punggol and Yishun. Eventually, cycling networks will be developed in twenty-six HDB towns so that homes can be connected to MRT stations and other neighborhood areas.

Government of Singapore is also discussing several schemes associated to bike sharing and introducing more educational programs related to safety (for instance the Safe Cycling Programme for Youth).

Mr. Khaw is of the opinion that cycling and walking will benefit the economy, environment, society and individuals in Singapore in the best possible manner. He also added that policies in Singapore have always supported active mobility.


Hushovd Loses Plan Due To Accident

Thor Hushovd, the cyclist of Norway in top for several years is not seeing the World Championship as crowning glory which is up coming. A mighty fall has led him to think over his cycling in the coming events. Instead he has his sight set on local events.

In an interview for the magazine he stated that may be he would think of cycling in Birken. Birkebeiner annual race of cycling draws participation from huge numbers all over the world. Though he had announced his retirement to June, the fall came as shock. The cycling race which is going to take place in Spain this month he had his eyes set on that. Since he had won the Australian championship in 2010 he thought that he had every opportunity to clinch the title again. His career of cycling would have ended with a high note unless for the fall.

In the Tour de Poitou- Charentes n France he suffered due to a mighty fall. It was his hip hitting the asphalt and then the wounds and scars which led Atle Kvalsvoll, his coach to state that all his chances of playing in a vital lap on Sunday had been lost. He does not even have the required training to be able to take part in the World Championship. He does not play only for the sake of it rather he plays so that he can win the game. It has come as a major setback for him.

His last race was in Norway and now he is looking at the local races in his hometown itself. He wants to go on cycling and finish his autobiography which is going to come in October. He however, claims that he is not heartbroken or crestfallen since his career was a shining one.


Kris Cook Dies Due To A Heart Attack During The RideLondon Event

Prudential RideLondon is basically a cycling festival that was inaugurated in the year 2013 and has ever since become extremely popular in UK. The event usually continues for two days in order to raise money for some good cause or the other. The main purpose of this cycling event is to encourage more and more people to engage in cycling. This year RideLondon 100 took place on the 9th and 10th of August, 2014.

RideLondon event this year came to an unfortunate end because a cyclist named Kris Cook died due to a heart attack on the last day of the event. The organizers of RideLondon said that he was immediately treated by the event doctors present there and then he was taken to a nearby hospital. However later it was pronounced that he was dead.

A huge number of people had been a part of the public cycling ride which was going to be a 100 mile ride. But due to weather warnings the miles were reduced from 100 to 86 miles.  Kris Cook was participating in the event along with some of his friends and his girlfriend to raise funds for a hospice called Woking Hospice. According to his mother, Kris died doing what he loved the most and that is cycling.

After the announcement of Kris Cook’s death, large amounts of donations were deposited in the account of Woking Hospice in order to honor Cook’s memory. Earlier the target for the charity was around £500. But then it was raised to around £10,000 and more.

Prudential RideLondon organizers and many other riders such as Karen Sutton, Richard and Kathy Rendall, Gloria Benson and so on expressed their sadness and condolences towards Kris Cook’s family.

Postmortem examination in order to establish the real cause of Kris Cook’s death will be held soon.


Tour France 2014 To Have Chinese Cyclist For The First Time

The Chinese cycling enthusiasts who have been cheering for other countries at previous Tour France championships would have a special reason to enjoy the premier race this year. The 2014 Tour France will have a Sino rider for the first time ever in its 101 years of long journey.

The phenomenal Chinese rider who has already made his country proud by bagging participation in the world’s most esteemed cycling championship is Ji Cheng. The 26-year-old would ride with Giant-Shimano in 2014 Tour  France that commences from July 5.

Albeit, the Tour France race this year marks the maiden stint of Ji in the highest honored championship yet the young lad has already contended for other major top races of the continent since his debut in pro European cycling in 2007.

“I am really glad to be able to ride for my nation in Tour France. I am really excited”, remarked a naturally thrilled Cheng who hails from Harbin.

“When I began cycling in my country, Tour France race was the sole championship which was aired on TV”, stated the Giant Shimano rider from Leeds which will stage the inaugural level of the race this year. He is very excited that his family & friends would be able to see him compete in the most prestigious cycling race of the world, for the first time ever in China.

Fondly regarded as “breakaway killer”, Ji is said to fast catch up with riders who shift away from main pack. I might not be the flashiest performance yet quite a significant one as it immensely helps to position Cheng’s team-mates on their 9-man team to win on the races.

Initially an athlete, Ji shifted to riding given the chilly climate in Harbin & cycling allowed him to train up indoors.