LTA appointed as coordinating agency for all cycling-related issues

NewsAgent | 13th Mar 2015 | NEWS

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Transport announced on Wednesday 11th of March that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be the central planning agency for cycling- and walking-related policies. Within the LTA, there will be an Active Mobility Unit to be assembled coordinate overall efforts for the said project.

This action is expected to help improve the coordination of cycling-related initiatives across the whole Government, said Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport. “We believe that cycling and the use of personal mobility devices (PMDs) can complement our public transport strategy and move us closer to a car-lite nation,” he said at the Committee of Supply 2015 debate.

In addition to that, the ministry has “extensive plans” to expand the National Cycling Plan to further promote cycling as a mode of transportation. For example, the Ministry plans to more than double the total length of cycling paths in Singapore, from the current 330km to an islandwide 700km network by 2030.

Aside from the infrastructural improvements, Prof. Faishal also stressed the need to develop “clear and consistent rules and norms to instill safe and responsible conduct among all road users. Currently we know that there are existing rules, however, they may not be clear or not consistently enforced or applied. This might account for why over the past five years, the Traffic Police issued around 3,500 summonses for cycling on footpaths for both conventional and motorised bicycles, while in the same period, NParks issued 220 summonses against the use of motorised bicycles in parks and park connectors.