Tampines to be the First HDB Town with a Completed Cycling Path Network
As part of the National Cycling Plan, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has completed a 6.9km network of dedicated cycling paths in Tampines, making it the first HDB town to have such a network. Together with the cycling paths constructed by the Tampines Town Council and park connectors by the National Parks Board, Tampines residents will now be able to enjoy riding on a total of 11.3km of cycling paths to key local amenities such as the MRT station and town centres. To date, plans to build dedicated cycling paths have been announced for nine towns as well as Marina Bay.
2. Witnessing the completion of the cycling path network in Tampines, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, and Chairman of the Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Committee, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim said, “The completion of the dedicated cycling path network in Tampines Town celebrates a key goal outlined in our National Cycling Plan. We hope dedicated cycling paths will create a safe environment for cyclists of all competencies.”
3. Ms Irene Ng, Adviser to Tampines Changkat GROs and Chairperson of the Tampines Cycling Town Committee, echoed the same sentiments. She said, “We are delighted that Tampines is the first HDB town to have such an extensive cycling path network within the estate. The completion of this 6.9km dedicated network by LTA is another major milestone in our efforts to transform the compact town into a cycle-friendly town. Our aim in Tampines is to integrate cycling as part of our local transport system via a seamless network of dedicated cycling paths, shared footpaths and park connectors. We will continue to work closely with the LTA and the Tampines Town Council to expand our cycling infrastructure so that residents can use bicycles to get about easily within the town, and to cycle safely with consideration for others.”
4. Please refer to Annex A for the map of the completed dedicated cycling paths in Tampines.
Development of Dedicated Cycling Path Networks in Other HDB Towns and Marina Bay
5. Besides Tampines, LTA is also making good progress in other HDB towns. LTA will complete the network of dedicated cycling paths in Sembawang by the third quarter of 2013. The cycling path networks in Changi-Simei, East Coast, Jurong Lake District, Pasir Ris, Punggol Eco-Town, Taman Jurong and Yishun are also planned for completion by 2015. LTA also expects to complete 2.5km of the cycling path network in Marina Bay by the end of this year while the rest of the network will be provided in tandem with future developments in the area.
Safe Cycling Guide
6. To encourage safe cycling, LTA has produced a safe cycling guide book. Created in collaboration with other agencies and partners, the guide, “Your Guide to Intra-Town Cycling”, is part of on-going outreach efforts to educate and inculcate safe cycling habits among cyclists. Packed with visuals, this guide caters to cyclists of all age groups and provides them with essential tips on what they can do to ensure a safe riding journey.
7. This guide will be distributed to the public during cycling-related community events held in the cycling towns. LTA will also make a copy of the guide available online on its website www.lta.gov.sg.
New “Cyclists Ahead” Signs
8. To better alert motorists to the presence of sports cyclists on the road, LTA has updated the design of the “Cyclists Ahead” signs that are installed along popular on-road cycling routes such as Mandai Road. Compared to the previous black and white sign, the new design is more striking in bold yellow and red. It also has an additional advisory “Slow” message to inform motorists to slow down when they spot cyclists ahead of them. Please refer to photographs in Annex B.
9. LTA worked closely with the Safe Cycling Task Force (SCTF) and the Singapore Cycling Federation (SCF) to refresh the signs. The new signs have since been installed along Yishun Avenue 6/Avenue 7 and along Tanjong Rhu Road, and LTA will progressively replace the signs along other cycling routes from July 2013.