Bicycle riding is an environment-friendly style of transport that is progressively popular in Singapore, specifically for short trips as portion of the day-to-day trip to work, normally to the MRT station or bus interchange, or for intra-town tour. Besides being inexpensive and useful, cycling also offers health benefits, bringing riders of all ages closer to nature and the outdoors. These bicycles can be found in Singapore online bike shops where you just have to search “bicycle for sale in Singapore.”
The National Cycling Plan is a cooperative effort connecting agencies such as LTA, URA, NParks, HDB, PUB and SportSG to make biking a safe, healthy and suitable transport option for Singaporeans.
As proclaimed in 2013, LTA will form a cycling path system of about 190 kilometers in HDB towns by 2020. The long-term goal is to deliver all 26 HDB towns with a complete cycling system so citizens can easily and safely cycle to MRT stations and neighborhood centers. To assist intra-town cycling, more short links between MRT stations and nearby park connectors will further advance connectivity in 12 towns, starting with Buangkok, Dover and Yew Tee, by 2015.
At the same time, it was recognized that there are chances to facilitate cycling for longer distances, and one key plan is to connect cycling paths in HDB towns to NParks’ Park Connector System. Options for inter-town paths and a few trunk cycling routes are also being identified.
By 2030, the 240km of cycling paths that were constructed will have grown into a comprehensive island wide cycling path network reaching well over 700km in length. The system will combine intra-town routes, inter-town routes, the PCN and round-island routes, and will allow people to cycle safely and securely within and between towns.
Bicycle bay amenities will also be improved. On top of the 3,000 bicycle racks at 32 MRT stations completed since 2011 and those still under construction, the city state will construct a total of 500 more bicycle racks at 11 MRT stations by the end of 2014. To provide bicycle parking in private expansions, LTA is working with URA to establish guidelines that hearten designers to provide bicycle parking. Bicycle racks will be provided in collaboration with residential and commercial designers at the Singapore Sports Hub as well as at locations in Marina Bay and the Jurong Lake District. LTA will continue to work with Town Councils and other agencies to provide adequate bike parking within HDB lands and at key public facilities. From January 2014 onwards, HDB will increase the delivery of bicycle parking in all new public housing expansions.
Other backup cycling infrastructure, such as bicycle crossings and way-finding signage, will be constructed to improve safety and convenience for cyclists. A code of conduct for cyclists and a national cyclist education programs are also being developed.
Bicycle-sharing schemes, like those effectively executed in Paris, New York and London, are beneficial for those who wish to cycle but do not own bicycles, or those who prefer the accessibility of using shared bicycles for one-way trips. LTA will introduce trial schemes by end-2015 in areas with finished or soon-to-be finished cycling path systems, such as the Jurong Lake District and city center, subject to interest from possible service providers.
The Cycling Facilitation Committee (CFC) and the Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Committee (PCSC), both chaired by Parliamentary Secretary (Health and Transport) Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, balance general exertions to endorse cycling by engaging participants on issues such as implementation, public instruction and cyclist security.