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Wed 18 May 2005

Pedal Ubin! 500 satisfied customers later...

Category : events

Pedal Ubin! is a volunteer programme coordinated by the NUS Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research that continues from the original "Journey series" which began in 1999. During the Chek Jawa public education walks in late 2001, we realised that many had not visited Pulau Ubin before, and of those who had, a lot more could be revealed about nature in Ubin. Additionally, we had observed that many were unfamiliar with cycling, or with the use of the rental mountain bike's gears that can significantly alter the enjoyment of a ride over the gentle slopes in Ubin.

So the programme was reborn as Pedal Ubin! and the first batch of guides were trained in late 2003. This month (May 2005), the second batch of trainee guides have just begun their course. With a significant amount of information needed to be learnt and experienced initially, a "rain or shine" Sunday morning (8am) attendance at Changi Jetty, and a presistent bi-monthly attendance required, less than 50% of Pedal Ubin Guides I Workshop have survived as guides!

However, slow and steady does it and a cohort of dedicated and cheerful guides called "Jungle Fowls" still persists and are managed by volunteer project manager Airani a.k.a. "Mother Hen." They have enabled the Pedal Ubin! volunteer programme to grow from an annual to a bi-montly event since their first foray in March 2004.

Some 500 visitors have been treated to 4-hour long explorations of Pulau Ubin to discover some of the flora, flora, ecosystems, heritage and myths of Ubin. Besides an occasional stp to slurp on coconut water, some have also been ingtroduced to the joys of using a mountain bike properly on the gentle slopes of Ubin!

One on occasion, the heavy rains and a quick assessment of cycling ability had the guides bundle most of the visitors into vans instead, and the guidding continued!

Hats off to the Pedal Ubin! guides.

To be kept informed of upcoming rides, subscribe to the Pedal Ubin ride alert list - visit the Pedal Ubin! webpage to sign up.

Pedal Ubin! is part of Focus Ubin, a community of people passionate about Pulau Ubin as our last unspoilt island in Singapore.

Posted at 2:25AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news