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Cycling

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Cycling is an environmentally-friendly mode of transport that is increasingly popular in Singapore , especially for short trips - as part of the daily journey to work, typically to the MRT station or bus interchange, or for intra-town travel. Besides being affordable and convenient, cycling also offers health benefits, bringing riders of all ages closer to nature and the outdoors.

The National Cycling Plan is a collaborative effort involving agencies such as LTA, URA, NParks, HDB, PUB and SportSG to make cycling a safe, healthy and convenient transport option for Singaporeans.

As announced in 2013, LTA will build a cycling path network of about 190 kilometres in HDB towns by 2020. The long-term aim is to provide all 26 HDB towns with a comprehensive cycling network so residents can easily and safely cycle to MRT stations and neighbourhood centres. To facilitate intra-town cycling, more short links between MRT stations and nearby park connectors will further improve connectivity in 12 towns, beginning with Buangkok, Dover and Yew Tee, by 2015.

At the same time, we recognise that there are opportunities to facilitate cycling for longer distances, and one key strategy is to link up cycling paths in HDB towns to NParks' Park Connector Network. Options for inter-town paths and a few trunk cycling routes are also being identified.

By 2030, the 240km of cycling paths we have today will have grown into a comprehensive islandwide cycling path network reaching well over 700km in length. The network will combine intra-town routes, inter-town routes, the PCN and round-island routes, and will allow people to cycle safely and comfortably within and between towns.

Bicycle parking facilities will also be enhanced. On top of the 3,000 bicycle racks at 32 MRT stations completed since 2011 and those still under construction, we will construct a total of 500 more bicycle racks at 11 MRT stations by the end of 2014. To cater bicycle parking in private developments, LTA is working with URA to establish guidelines that encourage developers to provide bicycle parking. Bicycle racks will be provided in partnership with residential and commercial developers at the Singapore Sports Hub as well as at locations in Marina Bay and the Jurong Lake District. LTA will continue to work with Town Councils and other agencies to provide sufficient bicycle parking within HDB estates and at key community amenities. From January 2014 onwards, HDB will increase the provision of bicycle parking in all new public housing developments.

Other supporting cycling infrastructure, such as bicycle crossings and way-finding signage, will be built to improve safety and convenience for cyclists. A code of conduct for cyclists and a national cyclist education programme are also being developed.

Bicycle-sharing schemes, like those successfully implemented in Paris, New York and London, are useful for those who wish to cycle but do not own bicycles, or those who prefer the convenience of using shared bicycles for one-way trips. LTA will introduce pilot schemes by end-2015 in areas with completed or soon-to-be completed cycling path networks, such as the Jurong Lake District and city centre, subject to interest from potential service providers.

The Cycling Facilitation Committee (CFC) and the Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Committee (PCSC), both chaired by Parliamentary Secretary (Health and Transport) Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, complement overall efforts to promote cycling by engaging stakeholders on issues such as enforcement, public education and cyclist safety.