The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has opened the first 5km of the planned 13km bike paths, with the rest to be opened next month, reported The Straits Times.
The paths run along Sims Avenue East, Chai Chee Road, Bedok North Street 2, Bedok North Avenue 3 and New Upper Changi Road.
“When the entire network is completed, it will feature additional bicycle crossings, bicycle parking boxes and wheeling ramps to make it safer and more conducive for cycling,” said the LTA spokesman.
Painted red, the new paths around Bedok are modelled after the paths first used in Ang Mo Kio, which served as the test bed for new cycling infrastructure.
The LTA noted that the red lanes are popular with residents since they could be easily distinguished from regular footpaths.
“The prominent hue of these cycling paths also help alert pedestrians to the presence of cyclists and personal mobility device users,” it added.
The government began construction of the cycling network in the middle of 2015.
Bedok is poised to be Singapore’s ninth cycling town by 2018, joining the likes of Pasir Ris, Punggol and Jurong Lake District.
The government targets to construct cycling paths along all 26 Housing Board towns comes 2030, contributing to a nationwide network of 700km.
To date, the network is now at over 400km.
This article was edited by Keshia Faculin.