Cycling enthusiasts living in Taman Jurong can now enjoy a newly-built 5.6km-long cycling path that connects Lakeside and Chinese Garden MRT stations. The path, which was unveiled on Oct 30, joins up to 15km cycling network at Jurong Lake District, allowing residents to reach amenities in Jurong East in less than 30 minutes. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) added that a new map board will be installed near Taman Jurong Shopping Centre by the end of the year, to highlight the cycling routes and key amenities to residents and visitors.
The new paths are also connected to the cycling routes and park connectors at Jurong Lake District. In addition to this, authorities have also converted open drains to covered box drains that cyclists can ride on. Older cycling paths have also been given a fresh coat of red paint, so users will have an easier time distinguishing between footpaths and cycling paths.
Meanwhile, Tampines residents can look forward to a 4km stretch of cycling paths that are set to be launched in the next few months. The new cycling paths will be built along Tampines Avenue 1, 4, 5, and 8, and it will connect residents to schools and key amenities like Tampines West MRT station, Our Tampines Hub, Tampines Central Park and Tampines Green Forest Park.
With this, there will be a total of 14km of cycling paths within Tampines town. Similarly, map boards will be installed at the junctions of Tampines Avenue 5 and 8 and the junctions of Tampines Avenue 8 and 1 to help people find their way.
These aforementioned paths will bring the total length of cycling paths across Singapore to around 500km.
Singapore plans to have 1,300km of cycling paths by 2030. According to LTA, these efforts are aimed at enhancing connectivity within and between towns, and to bring more convenience to residents and improving path safety.
New paths are being progressively built and completed in Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Bukit Panjang, Sembawang, Toa Payoh and Yishun.