Revamped Shell station caters to cyclists too

The revamped Shell station in Tampines Avenue 2 has a designated bay where cyclists can park their bicycles and do minor repairs. The location and large size of the station, and the active cycling community in Tampines were the key factors that promp
The revamped Shell station in Tampines Avenue 2 has a designated bay where cyclists can park their bicycles and do minor repairs. The location and large size of the station, and the active cycling community in Tampines were the key factors that prompted Shell to provide the extras for cyclists.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

A revamped petrol station in cycling town Tampines has introduced amenities to draw in two-wheelers.

The Shell station in Tampines Avenue 2 has a designated bay where cyclists can park their bicycles and do minor repairs.

Called Take a Brake, it is among the new features at the petrol station.

The others are an air-conditioned lounge where motorists and cyclists can stop and charge their mobile phones, and a 24-hour McDonald's Drive-Thru.

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The Shell station also has an expanded Shell Select store that offers a greater variety of food and beverages.

The lounge and food store will open next Monday.

The McDonald's drive-through and bicycle bay, however, have been opened since the middle of last month.

Residents like student Keith Tang, 16, an avid cyclist, welcomed the new bay for bikes, saying "its repair tools and air-pump will be useful when we get a punctured tyre".

The location and large size of the station, and the active cycling community in Tampines were the key factors that prompted Shell to provide the extras for cyclists, said Ms Aarti Nagarajan, general manager for retail sales and operations for Shell Singapore, at the station's official debut yesterday.

Tampines is one of five cycling towns in Singapore, with a network of cycling paths that gives riders easy access to amenities such as the town centre and MRT station.

The revamped Shell station also houses a new in-store bakery, Deli by Shell, with pastries baked daily at the store.

Lee Si Xuan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2017, with the headline 'Revamped Shell station caters to cyclists too'. Print Edition | Subscribe