Cycling networks for AMK, Toa Payoh, Choa Chu Kang

Cycling networks for AMK, Toa Payoh, Choa Chu Kang

Cycling path networks will soon be built in Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh and Choa Chu Kang, as part of a move to promote cycling islandwide.

Announcing the plans, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim on Saturday said cycling has become a mode of transport that people use to travel not only within towns but also to another town or to their workplace.

"Over time, you can expect all the different towns being connected to one another," he said. "We will be able to see more and more people cycling not only as a mode of transport to work but also to carry out daily activities."

The cycling path network in Sembawang has been completed, he said, making it the second town with a full network after Tampines.

This will allow residents to pedal to the MRT station and amenities such as Sun Plaza and Sembawang Mart.

Cycling networks will also be completed in Marina Bay, Yishun, Pasir Ris, Taman Jurong and Changi Simei by 2015. Some 190km of paths will be constructed by 2020.

Meanwhile, short cycling links will be built to connect three MRT stations - Bishan, Buangkok and Yew Tee - to nearby park connectors by early next year.

Bicycle wheeling ramps will also be rolled out to make it easier for cyclists to cross overhead bridges. The first such ramp will be tried out at a bridge across Aljunied Road next year.

Separately, a cycling proficiency programme has been launched in Tampines, the only town where cycling is allowed on pedestrian footpaths.

Named Bike Smart Tampines, the programme aims to equip students with the skills to navigate footpaths and roads safely on two wheels. It includes a hands-on session to teach children bike-handling skills and traffic rules. It was launched on Saturday at Qiaonan Primary by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, and will subsequently be rolled out to all 22 schools in Tampines.

Safe cycling workshops have been conducted in schools before. But the programme is the first to tackle cycling on footpaths and places greater emphasis on cycling techniques.

Mr Heng hopes to encourage more students to learn cycling skills, which he said is a "useful life skill".

He did not rule out having cycling proficiency programmes in other schools outside of Tampines: "As to how fast this can be promoted, it depends very much on ensuring that we have a proper infrastructure and that it is safe for the students."

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