Singapore. The Land Transport Authority announced on Sunday that there are another 6 km of cycling paths in the Central Business District (CBD).
The new cycling paths connect workplaces to MRT stations, including those on the new Thomson-East Coast Line, and places such as Lau Pa Sat, Market Street Hawker Centre, Tanjong Pagar Plaza, and Hong Lim Complex, said Transport Minister S. Iswaran.
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Iswaran also added that the paths are set to expand the cycling network across the island.
“Here in the Central Business District and heritage district, there is great potential to make walking and cycling the preferred way to get around. This is not just about improving infrastructure and connectivity, which is important in its own right, but also improving the urban landscape and enhancing identity,” stated Iswaran during his speech at the launch event in Tanjong Pagar.
Currently, there is 21 km of cycling paths and park connectors in the area. Construction work started in 2018.
More support infrastructure is needed for the future, such as bicycle parking and facilities like lockers and showers.
LTA is set to achieve this through the Active Commute Grant, which funds up to 80% of construction costs for these facilities, up to a maximum of $80,000 per development.
“We are glad to see more interest from developers supporting active commutes. For instance, GuocoLand and CapitaLand have been strong advocates of active mobility, and they have facilitated the provision of cycling paths and other cycling infrastructure as part of their developments.”
Around the area, there are now 4,800 public bicycle parking spaces, including 120 new ones that were added by removing streetcar parking spaces.
In a statement from The Strait Times, cycling enthusiast Ganesan Kulandai, 67, said that the new paths make cycling safer and easier.
The move is set to encourage people to walk or cycle in their commute, which is a core strategy to make the nation’s transport sector greener. This will help Singapore reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
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Photo: St near Keck Seng Tower, with solid red lines on the existing grey tiled pavement, to demarcate a dedicated cycling path | LTA