New cycling paths networks will be built in Woodlands, Toa Payoh, Choa Chu Kang, as well as cycling paths linking Geylang and Queenstown to the city.
In a press release on Tuesday (26 March), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said that the expansion of cycling networks and related cycling infrastructure in Singapore will encourage active mobility as a mode of transport, and improve accessibility and connectivity for Singaporeans.
The authority noted that it will call for tenders later this year to build these cycling paths.
According to the authority, the new cycling paths in Woodlands will add about 20km to existing cycling paths and the Park Connector Network (PCN), which will make Woodlands one of the largest intra-town cycling networks.
“Residents will be able to seamlessly connect between four MRT stations, homes, schools, shopping malls, key amenities and main industrial estates in Woodlands,” the authority said.
Meanwhile, a 7 km cycling network will be built in Toa Payoh in order for residents to enjoy greater connectivity between their homes and the Toa Payoh town centre, Braddell and Toa Payoh MRT stations and bus interchange and other key amenities in Toa Payoh.
LTA noted that existing infrastructure such as bus stops will be re-designed to better accommodate cyclists and pedestrians.
The authority said that it will also build an additional 12km of the cycling path to Choa Chu Kang’s cycling network, noting that it is also studying the feasibility of widening the existing footpath along Choa Chu Kang West Flyover to a 2.5m wide shared path.
“This will improve cycling connectivity between Choa Chu Kang town and Yew Tee town, which are currently separated by the Kranji Expressway (KJE),” LTA noted.
New cycling paths in Geylang (150m long) and Queenstown (2.3km long) will also be constructed, which will connect to existing PCNs to allow residents in Geylang and Queenstown to ride directly to the City Centre.
All the paths are estimated to be completed in the next five years, which will add on to the 120 km of cycling paths across the island and nine cycling towns implemented to date.
“LTA will continue to work with relevant agencies to plan and develop the cycling path networks so that there will be a cycling path network in every HDB town by 2030,” the authority said.
LTA said that it will be calling a design consultancy tender later this year to study how to enhance the walking environment within Jurong Lake District (JLD) and improve its active mobility connectivity to neighbouring towns.
This will complement the existing 15km cycling path network in JLD and upcoming cycling paths in Taman Jurong that are expected to be completed in 2020, it noted.
It also said that these efforts will help make JLD, which is being developed as Singapore’s second Central Business District (CBD), a truly car-lite district.