Preliminary plans to make Ang Mo Kio a more walkable and cyclist-friendly town have been drawn up.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) want to make it easier and more convenient to walk and cycle for short trips by 2018.
To make walking and cycling more attractive and convenient in Ang Mo Kio, a network of walking and cycling paths, pedestrian priority zones at bus stops, traffic calming measures, dedicated bicycle crossings at road junctions, and bicycle parking facilities will be implemented.
To provide a seamless path for pedestrians and cyclists to travel to the MRT stations, there are also plans for a 2.6 km-long corridor along the MRT viaduct between Yio Chu Kang MRT station to Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park (pictured).
“As we continue to expand our public transport infrastructure and move towards a vision of a sustainable and liveable Singapore, we will also complement these efforts by enhancing the travel experience for commuters in the first and final leg of their destinations, be it through walking or cycling. Ang Mo Kio Town provides a starting point for us to test out new initiatives as part of our efforts to make our living environment even more suitable for walking and cycling,” said Chew Men Leong, Chief Executive of LTA.
Plans to pilot Ang Mo Kio as a walking and cycling town were first announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in November 2014 as part of the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015.