Pasir Ris becomes third town to have dedicated Cycling Path Network!
CHARLES LEE | 1st Apr 2015 | NEWS
Pasir Ris Town has become the third town in Singapore to have a dedicated network of intra-town cycling paths. Launched on 15 February 2015 by Deputy Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC Mr Teo Chee Hean, the newest cycling network is part of the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) plan to construct an intra-town cycling path networks in all Housing Development Board (HDB) towns by the year 2030. Tampines and Sembawang are the first two towns with dedicated cycling networks.
Together with the existing ones, LTA’s latest network of 9.3km would form a total of 13.3km of cycling paths in Pasir Ris Town, which enable residents to commute within Pasir Ris MRT Station, bus interchange, White Sands shopping mall and other key amenities. The network also allow cyclists wider accessibility to adjacent towns such as Tampines and Changi Village via park connectors. At the launch, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Health and Chairman of the Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Committee, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim said, “The completion of Pasir Ris cycling path network will greatly enhance connectivity and safety for the residents. Besides putting in place the necessary infrastructure, we are also working towards developing a set of rules and norms for cycling conduct and behaviour. With these in place, I believe more people would find it safer and more convenient to cycle as a mode of transport, especially for short trips within the HDB town.” Two signalised bicycle crossings were built at Pasir Ris Drives 1 and 3, a move by the LTA to increase safety for pedestrians and to create a more seamless cycling experience. The bicycle crossings are delineated from the existing pedestrian crossings, which allow cyclists to ride across roads separately from pedestrians without dismounting.
In line with the launch, LTA has initiated a familiarisation programme to familiarise residents with the new cycling paths. Residents could visit any of the Community Centres and Residents’ Committee Centres in Pasir Ris to obtain a copy of the brochure on the new cycling network. LTA has also deployed cycling ambassadors to engage and educate cyclists on safe and responsible cycling.
On plan, LTA is working to integrate every town’s cycling networks with the National Parks Board’s Park Connector Network to form an island-wide off-road cycling path network. Once completed, the length of cycling paths would span over 700km. Yishun would be the next town with a dedicated cycling network by the second quarter of 2015. LTA has also planned for Taman Jurong Town and Changi-Simei Town to have their respective cycling networks by the end of 2015.