Expansion of cycling path network to finish 2 years ahead of schedule, to cost over $1bil

Victor Kang6 Mar 2020

Cycling paths to speed up by two years

Cycling paths will be first built on towns that “currently lack cycling paths or have many active mobility device users”.

The expansion of Singapore’s cycling path is being expedited, with the paths forecasted to span around 800km by 2023, or two years ahead of original schedule.

About 750km of cycling paths were originally expected to be completed by 2025, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min on Thursday (5 March) during the Ministry of Transport’s Committee of Supply debate.

Last year, Dr Lam announced that the authorities were planning to bring forward the cycling path network’s expansion “by a couple of years”, following e-scooters ban on the footpaths in November.

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As part of the new Islandwide Cycling Network Programme, the government eyes to invest over $1 billion in the expansion of cycling paths in the next decade, said Dr Lam.

He noted that all Housing Board towns are expected to have cycling paths by 2023.

Cycling paths will be first built on towns that “currently lack cycling paths or have many active mobility device users”.

In fact, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) identified 12 areas that presently have limited cycling path connectivity, which include Hougang, Bukit Batok and Marine Parade, reported CNA.

“Residents across these towns will be able to look forward to better active mobility connectivity in the years to come,” said the authority in a statement.

Sections of cycling paths in towns like Tampines and Ang Mo Kio are expected to be completed this year, while the construction of cycling paths within Toa Payoh is also set to start.

Works on intra-town cycling paths in Woodlands and Choa Chu Kang will begin in 2021, while new cycling paths in Queenstown and Geylang connecting current park connector networks (PCN) to the city centre are also expected to be completed.

LTA added that “more comprehensive cycling paths” are set to be introduced in new HDB towns like Bidadari and Tengah.

“By 2026, Singapore’s cycling path network will be expanded to 1,000km,” said Dr Lam, adding that this will bring eight in 10 HDB households just “a few minutes away” from a cycling path network.

By 2030, Singapore’s cycling path network will span 1,320km, he said.

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Victor Kang, Digital Content Specialist at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact him about this or other stories, email victorkang@propertyguru.com.sg


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