Factsheet: Friendly Streets Pilot to Commence in Five Locations

News Releases 23 Aug 2023 Factsheet Friendly Streets

Features to be Implemented will be Co-Created with the Community,
to Prioritise Pedestrians and Inclusivity

          First announced at the Committee of Supply (COS) Debates 2023, the Friendly Streets initiative aims to make daily journeys to key amenities in the neighbourhoods by walking and cycling safer, more convenient and comfortable. It expands on our existing efforts such as Silver Zones, School Zones, Transit Priority Corridors and road repurposing to make our neighbourhoods more inclusive, creating more gracious communities.

2        Friendly Streets will be piloted in five neighbourhoods – Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Batok West, Tampines, Toa Payoh and West Coast. Following the COS announcement, LTA has carried out further studies and identified the specific locations for the pilot within these neighbourhoods. The locations of the sites will be at:

  • Ang Mo Kio Street 31 (between Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 and Ave 8) (730m),
  • Bukit Batok Streets 31, 32, 33, stretches of Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 and Bukit Batok East Avenue 5 (1.9 km),
  • Tampines Avenue 9 (between Tampines St 43 and St 44/45) (390m),
  • Lorong 1A and Lorong 2 Toa Payoh (between Toa Payoh Central and Lor 1 Toa Payoh) (1km), and
  • West Coast Road (between West Coast Link and Clementi Avenue 2) (770m).

Please refer to Annex A for detailed maps.

3        These locations have been selected for their high pedestrian and cyclist flows. They are also near amenities such as markets, hawker centres, community clubs, schools, and MRT stations. Residents living near Friendly Streets can look forward to the implementation of features such as raised pedestrian crossings, wider and more accessible footpaths, and signalised crossings with pedestrian priority[1]. Features and traffic measures introduced in Friendly Streets locations will prioritise pedestrians and focus on calming vehicular traffic, in addition to facilitating smoother and more convenient walking and cycling journeys. Street signage and markings at these locations will also be implemented to reduce traffic speeds. These serve to remind drivers to slow down as they enter an area with more inclusive and people-friendly features.

4        LTA will work closely with the project taskforce in each of the five pilot neighbourhoods on the features and traffic measures to be eventually implemented by 2025. The taskforces comprise community stakeholders, with members including Town Council members, grassroots leaders, government agencies as well as representatives from relevant schools, hawker or merchant associations, depending on the neighbourhood. Each taskforce, chaired by the local Grassroots Advisor and representative from the Ministry of Transport, will determine how to best engage and reach out to the larger community and other stakeholders to seek their views and feedback. We encourage residents and other stakeholders to participate actively in the making of these friendly streets.

Annex: Maps of Friendly Streets

[1] The Green Man at these crossings will be activated more quickly and give pedestrians more time to cross the road.

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