The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) have drawn up preliminary plans to make Ang Mo Kio a more walkable and cyclist-friendly town. By 2018, it will be easier and more convenient to walk and cycle for short trips as well as to connect to public transport nodes.
Plans to pilot Ang Mo Kio as a walking and cycling town were first announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in November 2014 as part of the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015. The pilot is to demonstrate how we can take incremental steps towards a longer-term vision for a “Car-Lite Singapore” by promoting and developing other modes of transport.
To make walking and cycling more attractive and convenient in Ang Mo Kio, we will implement a network of dedicated walking and cycling paths, pedestrian priority zones at bus stops, traffic calming measures, dedicated bicycle crossings at road junctions, and bicycle parking facilities.
There are also plans for a 2.6km-long corridor along the MRT viaduct between Yio Chu Kang MRT station to Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. This corridor will provide a seamless, path for pedestrians and cyclists to travel between their homes and the MRT stations.
We will work with the Ang Mo Kio community to introduce a code of conduct for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, so that all road users can contribute and play their part in building a culture of safety and mutual consideration.
These plans aim to ensure a safe and enjoyable walking and cycling experience for everyone, including more vulnerable road users such as seniors and young children.
Refer to the Annex for the detailed plans.
|Proposed walking and cycling paths in Ang Mo Kio|
“As we continue to expand our public transport infrastructure and move towards a vision of a sustainable and liveable Singapore, we will also complement these efforts by enhancing the travel experience for commuters in the first and final leg of their destinations, be it through walking or cycling. Ang Mo Kio Town provides a starting point for us to test out new initiatives as part of our efforts to make our living environment even more suitable for walking and cycling,” said Mr Chew Men Leong, Chief Executive, LTA.
Shaping the plans together with the community
LTA and URA welcome the public to share with us their feedback and suggestions on the preliminary walking and cycling plans for Ang Mo Kio. The public can do so via the www.walkandcycle.sg website which will be available from 31 December 2014 (10am) to 1 February 2015, as well as via a roving exhibition.
“The purpose of this pilot is to build a good cycling and walking system to encourage residents to take up greener modes of active mobility. It is therefore important to involve the community to shape the plans. We hope to hear from the residents on how they feel about the draft plans, and what we can do to encourage cycling and walking in the town,” said Mr Ng Lang, Chief Executive Officer, URA.
The roving exhibition will start tomorrow evening at the “Countdown 2015 cum Celebrate SG50 @ Ang Mo Kio GRC & Sengkang West SMC” at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. At the exhibition, residents can experience a virtual cycling ride along the future seamless walking and cycling corridor alongside and underneath the Ang Mo Kio MRT viaduct, and share their feedback and ideas on how to improve the proposed walking and cycling network in Ang Mo Kio.
The exhibition and virtual cycling installation will then travel to Ang Mo Kio Central Stage from 1 to 4 January 2015. Public can also view the exhibition at other Community Centres in Ang Mo Kio throughout the month.
Ang Mo Kio CC
5 – 11 January 2015
Teck Ghee CC
12 – 18 January 2015
Yio Chu Kang CC
19 – 25 January 2015
Cheng San CC
26 January – 1 February 2015
Jointly issued by Land Transport Authority and Urban Redevelopment Authority
For high-resolution images, please log on to: http://www.ura.gov.sg/uol/visual-links/2014/cycling.aspx