Budget 2013: Off-road cycling paths to increase; On-road cycling studied

The Government will add another 90km of off-road cycling paths to several Housing Board towns here.

This will bring the total to 210km of cycling paths in 16 towns here, said Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim in Parliament on Wednesday. The eventual goal is for every HDB town to have a comprehensive cycling network.

Dr Faishal added that he had asked the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to plug short gaps in the cycling path network. There are opportunities to connect existing park connectors to MRT stations nearby, for instance at Sengkang, he said.

To improve cycling safety, the LTA will work with the Safe Cycling Task Force to put up more signs on popular cycling routes. It will also launch a guidebook on safe cycling tips in a few months' time.

As for on-road cycling, Dr Faishal noted that traffic is heavy on Singapore roads. He also said on-road cycling lanes would affect the movement of buses, require the removal of street-side parking and exposing cyclists to turning traffic if the lanes are not properly designed.

Still, he said the LTA is identifying roads where these issues can be overcome, and is studying the feasibility of trying out on-road cycling lanes in those areas.