Ang Mo Kio set to be the first walking and cycling town
Following the launch of the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015, the Land Transport Authority and Urban Redevelopment Authority announced on 30 December 2014 plans to improve the walking and cycling network in Ang Mo Kio in 2018, in a bid to create a “car-lite” environment. Singapore “envision[s] a ‘car-lite’ Singapore where public transport, walking and cycling are default choices commuting and there is reduced reliance on private motorised vehicles”. This will include a 2.6 kilometre corridor which connects Yio Chu Kang MRT station to Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park via Ang Mo Kio MRT station. Designated cycling paths will ensure better safety for cyclists, as well as provide residents with cycling as a feasible alternative mode of transport.
The building of good walking and cycling systems is a step towards making green modes of transport more accessible for citizens. The Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015 also listed details on the expansion and implementation of the National Cycling Plan, which includes building more bicycle parking facilities islandwide and looking into bicycle-sharing schemes. To find out more about the Walk & Cycle programme, visit http://www.walkandcycle.sg. To read the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015 in detail, visit http://app.mewr.gov.sg/web/ssb/index.html.