Followers of Togoparts’ news would be able to recall from an earlier report that the Taman Jurong Town and the Changi-Simei Town would be ready with their respective cycling networks by the end of 2015. It turns out that Punggol, Jurong Lake and East Coast would be joining the duo as the next three towns to have their own bicycle networks, according to the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
Responding to a Straits Times query, the LTA confirmed that the networks for the three identified towns would be constructed by the year 2017. The LTA also confirmed that the cycling networks for Taman Jurong Town and the Changi-Simei Town would be ready by this year. In February, Pasir Ris became the third town after Tampines and Sembawang to own a cycling network.
The LTA explained that the towns that are selected to have cycling networks are those with “strong community interest and support for cycling”. The LTA added that the availability of land is also a key factor that has to be taken into consideration before deciding to go ahead with the construction of the network. However, the eventual plan, according to the LTA, is to build a cycling network in every town by the year 2030. In February, the LTA has called for a tender to design and build cycling networks for another six towns. The six towns are Ang Mo Kio, Choa Chu Kang, Toa Payoh, Bukit Panjang, Woodlands and Bishan.
Residents who live in towns with the upcoming cycling networks applauded the government’s plan. Mr Muhammad Ghouse, a contractor, is happy to know that the cycling network would make his commute to the Bedok MRT Station much safer. He said: “Sometimes, there are many pedestrians on the pavements… If there are bike paths, it would be good for old-timers like me.”
Commenting on the separation of cycling paths from footpaths, the LTA said: “Where we can, we will try to separate cycling paths from footpaths to allow pedestrians and cyclists to have their own space. 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.”
As part of the government’s efforts to encourage more people to cycle, a separate bicycle-sharing trial would be initiated for the Jurong Lake District and the Marina Bay city centre by the end of the year.