Some way to go for cycling path network

Some way to go for cycling path network

A day may come when cyclists will be able to use Singapore's growing network of cycling paths to commute from home to their school or workplace.

For now, though, it is not exactly a smooth ride for those who try.

This was what The Sunday Times found when three reporters rode their bicycles some 180km over three days, to check if the cycling path and park connector networks work for the daily commute.

The Government is building a 700km nationwide cycling network by 2030, which will include both park connectors and cycling paths in Housing Board towns.

There are now about 250km of park connectors under the National Parks Board (NParks), with more to be built.

Cycling paths have also been built in estates such as Tampines and Sembawang, as part of a plan to eventually create a comprehensive cycling network in all 26 HDB towns.

On Saturday, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim unveiled Ang Mo Kio, Choa Chu Kang and Toa Payoh as the next towns to have their own cycling paths.

When park connectors were first built in 1992, they were meant mainly for leisure. More recently, Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan cycled on the existing network and said he hoped to one day be able to ride from his Ang Mo Kio home to his office in Maxwell Road. He cannot do that yet.

From Ang Mo Kio, the park connector goes only as far as Kallang Riverside Park and Upper Paya Lebar, The Sunday Times found. But those who live in Ang Mo Kio and Bishan and work at the Upper Paya Lebar Road factories can cycle to work along an 11km stretch that goes through Potong Pasir, Kolam Ayer and Circuit Road.

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