Work begins on cycling path network in Yishun

SINGAPORE - Sembawang has become the second HDB town, after Tampines, to offer a network of paths for cyclists.

And work has begun on a similar network in Yishun.

Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, who was at a ground-breaking ceremony there yesterday, said the next housing estates to get cycling paths will be Ang Mo Kio, Choa Chu Kang and Toa Payoh.

This comes as part of a national drive to promote cycling as a cheaper, healthier and greener form of transport, The Straits Times reported.

The plan is to have a comprehensive cycling network of around 190km by 2020, so residents will be able to cycle safely and easily to MRT stations and town centres.

"Given that Singapore is land constrained, it will not be possible for us to build dedicated cycling paths to cater to all routes. Hence, there will be occasional situations where pedestrians and cyclists have to share space," Channel NewsAsia quoted Dr Faishal as saying.

"It is therefore important that motorists, cyclists and pedestrians look out for not only our own safety, but also that of other road users. We should adopt a more gracious attitude... I hope that over time, we will engender a culture that allows for mutual understanding and basic courtesy between cyclists, motorists and pedestrians."

He also revealed that it will be made easier for cyclists to transit between park connectors and MRT stations, and take their bicycles up overhead bridges.

Meanwhile, a programme to equip children with skills to navigate the streets safely on two wheels was launched at Qiaonan Primary in Tampines.

It is called Bike Smart Tampines and focuses on cycling in local traffic conditions on footpaths, cycling paths and roads.

Tampines is the only town in Singapore where cycling is allowed on footpaths.

The programme, taught by external trainers, includes a hands-on session on bike handling skills and traffic rules.

It will later be rolled out at all 22 schools in Tampines GRC.

Ms Irene Ng, an MP for the GRC, was one of the grassroots advisers present at the launch.

"We want to reach out to children to develop them as responsible and safe cyclists, and one of the best ways is through schools," The Straits Times quoted her as saying.

"We see more children cycling around the estate and some ride to school. This is something that we encourage as cycling is an eco-friendly, sustainable and healthy mode of transport. It also reduces road congestion and eases the pressure on our bus network."

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