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$43m off-road cycling paths to be built in 7 estates

Other safety initiatives include talks, exhibition, handbook on etiquette

Published on Sep 11, 2012 6:00 AM
Cyclists and pedestrians crossing a road junction in Tampines. Off-road cycling paths to be built under the new project will allow residents to commute within their neighbourhoods. -- ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN

The number of accidents involving cyclists injured or killed has gone down by 17 per cent between 2008 and last year.

Still, every fatality is one too many, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim said as he outlined measures to keep cyclists safe in response to six MPs' questions.

These include a $43 million project to build dedicated off-road paths for cyclists in seven neighbourhoods. These paths are primarily for cycling within towns, to the nearest MRT station or market, for example.

Member of Parliament (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC) Janil Puthucheary asked if the Government would consider putting in more resources and funds into the safety of those who cycle on the roads.

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