Riding a bicycle through the streets of Singapore, isn’t as easy as some other cities. But what they lack in street bike safety, they make up for in bike friendly trails away from cars. Take the family a on leisurely ride this weekend!
The Straits Times reported that East Coast, Jurong Lake and Punggol will be the next three housing estates to receive bicycle networks of their own under the 2013 Land Transport Masterplan. These off-road cycling paths will be built by 2017, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) told The Straits Times in response to queries.
Cycling path networks will also be completed in Yishun, Changi-Simei and Taman Jurong this year, the LTA said. Earlier in February, the LTA completed a 13.3km network of paths in Pasir Ris – the third cycling town here so far after Tampines and Sembawang. The LTA chose the towns based on “strong community interest and support for cycling”, and the availability of land.
Cycling paths will be built in every housing estate by 2030, as part of the Government’s plan to encourage bicycle use for ‘first and last mile’ journeys. Part of its efforts include rolling out bicycle-sharing trials for the Jurong Lake District and Marina Bay city centre by the year’s end.
In February, the LTA called a tender for consultants to design cycling networksfor a further six HDB towns – Ang Mo Kio, Choa Chu Kang, Toa Payoh, Bukit Panjang, Woodlands and Bishan. But how these networks will eventually turn out will depend on factors such as connections between residential areas and train or bus stations, and existing site conditions, said the LTA.
The Straits Times understands that the design solutions being studied by the LTA include a model designed by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Called the ‘level-of-service acceptability matrix’, or Losam, the NTU model makes recommendations on whether cycling paths should be widened or segregated. It matches pedestrian and cyclist traffic flow with a rating of how ‘serviceable’ the path would be, said Associate Professor Wong Yiik Diew, Director of NTU’s Centre for Infrastructure Systems, who co-developed the model.