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Cycling routes to link Geylang and Queenstown to city

Cyclists and personal mobility device users in Geylang and Queenstown will be able to ride directly to the city, and up to six more towns could enjoy such links if the Land Transport Authority (LTA) finds them to be viable.

Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min announced yesterday that the Geylang-City and the Queenstown-City cycling routes will be completed next year.

Addressing MPs on healthy living through active mobility, Dr Lam said these two paths are part of the Government's efforts to expand cycling options through building more infrastructure - in line with Singapore's goal of having a comprehensive network of off-road cycling paths in every Housing Board town by 2030.

The LTA told The Straits Times yesterday that residents in Chinatown, Farrer Park, Jalan Besar, Kallang, Lavender and Little India may also enjoy a direct cycling connection to the city centre, if its plans bear fruit.

The authority said: "LTA will be rolling out a consultancy tender soon to study in detail the feasibility and implementation of these inter-town cycling routes, as well as connectivity within the central area."

Should these plans be implemented, connectivity for cyclists within the city centre will also be greatly enhanced, and it would make cycling safer and more seamless, the LTA added.

In Parliament, Dr Lam also cited a separate area of improvement with the bicycle sharing industry.

Just last year, Singapore had more than 100,000 shared bicycles on the streets, and indiscriminate parking was an issue.

But a combination of regulation and provision of parking spaces has helped the Government to make great strides in bringing the situation under control, said Dr Lam.

Progress has been made towards achieving a goal of 267,000 bicycle parking spaces in Singapore, with more than 220,000 spaces now available islandwide, he said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 08, 2019, with the headline 'Cycling routes to link Geylang and Queenstown to city'. Print Edition | Subscribe