It is an open area where there is potential for breach of peace, public disorder, and unruly behaviour.

You may be well behaving, but there may be other people whom you come across when you cycle who may stop you, may want to debate with you and that may attract a crowd, therefore will result in problems the police want to avoid.

– Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs Ho Peng Kee’s reply when asked by The Workers’ Party’s MPs about the police rejection of their application to hold a cycling event. (August 2007).

Much to the delight of spectators, PM Lee and MPs like Mr Seng Han Thong (behind) made their entrance on bicycles at the PAP carnival at West Coast Park yesterday… Thousands thronged the park yesterday for the PAP carnival. Mr Lee and a host of ministers and MPs made their entrance on bicycles, much to the delight of the spectators. (Straits Times, September, 2008)

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