YOUNG cyclists should bear in mind that cycling puts them in the same position as drivers in terms of abiding traffic rules, said a senior police officer. At the Festival of Youth '95 Bicycle Treasure Hunt and Carnival, organised by Youth Outreach, Betty Chan Kong Mei-king, senior inspector and road safety officer of New Territories South, told Young Post that young cyclists in Sha Tin, Tsuen Wan, Kwai Chung and Tsing Yi should be more aware of the fact that they have to follow traffic regulations like drivers do. 'Many youngsters go cycling in Sha Tin but most don't realise that when on the road, cyclists are no different from drivers. 'For instance, they [cyclists] will be penalised if they ride on the pedestrian pavement and they have to stop at traffic lights.' She added that the most dangerous thing that young cyclists tended to do was to race each other on cycling tracks. Accidents could easily happen if one brakes suddenly and the other fails to respond in time and gets bounced off his bike. 'Even on the cycling track, they should not be cycling too fast. In May, an eight-year-old boy in Sha Tin was killed by a van when his bicycle skidded off the cycling track. He was riding too fast and lost control of his bike.' Mrs Chan added that cyclists should dismount their bikes when crossing the street. If they do not do so, they will put themselves and other pedestrians in danger. According to official figures, 36 cyclists have been seriously injured and 61 slightly injured so far this year in New Territories South, with the eight-year-old being the only fatal case. In a bid to raise road safety awareness among young cyclists, the theme of Festival of Youth '95 centred on bicycle road safety, featuring a treasure hunt which required the 240 participants to locate answers to questions handed to them by police officers. One of the participants, Daisy Yung Hoi-ki of Kung Lee College, said she did not know much about road safety and the game taught her a lot. 'It is nice that while we are learning more about the subject, we are also raising funds for Youth Outreach.' Youth Outreach is a shelter for runaway children and it provides counselling for families facing problems. Chairman Wan Man-yee said: 'We try to find the runaways before triads do so they won't be led on to the wrong path.'