LTA Adds Six Kilometres of New Cycling Paths in the CBD

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Editors%2 Fimages%2 F1669617089614 Cbd+Cycling FeaturedThe CBD is set to be even more friendly to cyclists, with six kilometres of cycling paths added, helping to create what the LTA deems to be a “walkable and pleasant environment”.

These paths stretch from Clarke Quay to Bayfront and Tanjong Pagar, and have been designed to provide pedestrians and cyclists with a wider active mobility network in the CBD. Minister for Transport Mr S Iswaran officially unveiled the new paths and also the supporting infrastructure to entice more to commute via bicycles.

Central Area Cycling Path Network

This connects to several existing MRT stations, including Clarke Quay, Tanjong Pagar, and Telok Ayer station, as well as the three newly opened Thomson-East Coast Line stations in the form of Shenton Way, Marina Bay and Gardens by the Bay.Editors%2 Fimages%2 F1669617000219 CyclingmapTo keep the character of the Central Area, the cycling paths, which are mostly on tiled surfaces, are demarcated with cyclist logos, and solid or dashed red or yellow lines on existing or widened pavements.

For safer and more convenient commuting experiences for both pedestrians and cyclists, LTA widened existing signalised crossings and implemented new crossings along the paths. The added connectivity allows commuters to have better first-and-last-mile connectivity for their journeys. It also connects to popular areas like Marina Bay and Marina Barrage, and users can also ride along the Singapore River towards Alexandra and Queentown.Editors%2 Fimages%2 F1669617126067 Cbd BikeThe network now spans about 21 kilometres of cycling paths and park connectors in the area.

End-of-trip Facilities

Of course, there’s also a need for the supporting infrastructure if bicycles were to become a legitimate transportation alternative. The cycling paths are supported by around 4,800 public bicycle parking spaces in the CBD area, located near MRT stations, parks, popular destinations, amenities and other transport nodes. This includes 120 bicycle parking spaces that LTA provided by repurposing 12 streetside car park lots as of 2022. Editors%2 Fimages%2 F1669617224821 Cbd+Bike1Grants have also been put in place to entice developers into equipping their premises with end-of-trip facilities, such as lockers, shower stalls and changing rooms. Thus far, 14 developments have benefitted from this grant.

There are plans for further expansion of the network, with the LTA now studying the provision of additional cycling paths within the Central Area, across Orchard, Newton, River Valley, Rochor and Outram. 

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