More covered walkways and cycleways suggested for better connections to Sentosa

Currently, riders going to Sentosa have to filter into fast-moving car lanes at the end of the Sentosa Causeway Bridge, next to the Sentosa Boardwalk (above). -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Currently, riders going to Sentosa have to filter into fast-moving car lanes at the end of the Sentosa Causeway Bridge, next to the Sentosa Boardwalk (above). -- PHOTO: ST FILE

Cycleways and walkways in 1 to 1 1/2 years if plans get OK

Cycleways into and around Sentosa, and almost 3km of covered walkways to shelter pedestrians from inclement weather.

These are some of the suggestions that Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) is reviewing as part of its plans to improve connections to and within the island.

They are in line with other efforts to boost accessibility - such as the ongoing construction of the Sentosa Gateway Tunnel, slated to connect outbound traffic from Sentosa with Kampong Bahru Road and Keppel Road by next year.

They also come on the heels of a recently announced makeover that will see attractions in Sentosa grouped by theme and arranged into six designated zones.

SDC chief executive officer Mike Barclay said the cycleways and walkways could take between a year and 18 months to complete if plans are approved.

"Although discussions are still at a preliminary stage, we are always looking for ways to enhance connectivity and make Sentosa more engaging to the public," he said.

Mr Francis Chu, co-founder of cycling group LoveCyclingSG, said new cycleways would make Sentosa more bicycle-friendly.

"Currently, riders going to Sentosa have to filter into fast-moving car lanes at the end of the Sentosa Causeway Bridge," said Mr Chu, who has cycled to Sentosa with LoveCyclingSG groups and his family.

"Official cycleways would be a great improvement to our safety."

The cycleways and walkways were mentioned yesterday during the launch of Sentosa Gives, SDC's annual charity initiative.

Since 2011, the week-long Sentosa Gives programme has consisted of day trips to Sentosa for underprivileged children, SDC staff fund-raisers, and a Youth-in-Action scheme which provides around 120 secondary school students with a day of work experience.

For the first time, this year's programme also included staff visits to the underprivileged elderly at Dorcas Home Care Services, Assisi Hospice, and Thye Hua Kwan Seniors Activity Centre@Telok Blangah.

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