Singapore is making great strides in promoting green and sustainable transport, with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) leading the way in building a bike-friendly nation. In an ambitious move, the URA recently announced the construction of Singapore's longest elevated cycling bridge, which is set to be completed by 2027. This bridge will span a massive 682 meters across a 14-lane stretch of the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), near St Andrew's Junior School, providing seamless connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians.

The PIE Marvel: Bridging Gaps and Reducing Commute Times

The construction of the elevated cycling bridge along the PIE is part of a larger plan to transform urban commute in Singapore. Once completed, the bridge will provide a 1.2km link between St Andrew's Junior College and Jalan Taman, significantly reducing commuting times. For example, a journey from Bishan to the Central Business District that currently takes 1-1.5 hours will be reduced to a much more manageable 30-45 minutes. This project highlights Singapore's commitment to sustainable commuting and reducing carbon emissions.

A Tapestry of Communal Spaces and Art

In addition to improving connectivity, the URA is also focusing on the aesthetics and community involvement in the construction of cycling infrastructure. The Central Expressway underpass, which was previously dimly lit, has been revamped with increased headroom and added lighting. Artistic installations, such as a mural showcasing the rich history of the Kallang River, have also been incorporated into the design. The mural features intricate designs that simulate river scenes and copper inlays depicting native fauna, highlighting Singapore's vibrant biodiversity.

The first phase of the Bishan-to-City Links project has already seen impressive advancements, including enhancements to underpasses, street-level crossings, and decorative murals that align with the theme of the Kallang River. The next phase of the project will focus on the construction of the PIE cycling bridge, further demonstrating Singapore's commitment to sustainable commuting. The URA has recently announced a tender to build the 682m-long cycling bridge, solidifying Singapore's vision for a bike-friendly nation.

LTA's Islandwide Endeavour of 1,300km by 2030

The Land Transport Authority is also actively working towards its ambitious goal of creating a cycling path network that spans 1,300km by 2030. This network will target key amenities and inter-town connectivity, with cycling paths planned for areas such as Geylang, Hougang, Kaki Bukit, Marine Parade, Potong Pasir, Sengkang, and Serangoon. The LTA aims to progressively complete these paths by 2024, ensuring that eight out of ten HDB residents are just minutes away from a cycling path network. In addition to paths, amenities like bicycle crossings, wheeling ramps, map boards, and additional parking spaces for bicycles at MRT stations are also being planned.

Working Towards a Green Future

The significant improvements to Singapore's cycling infrastructure, coupled with multiple ongoing projects, showcase the nation's commitment to a sustainable future. These projects not only promote green and sustainable transport but also create urban spaces that resonate with the community, culture, and care for the environment. Singapore is leading the way in creating safer roads and reducing carbon emissions, setting an example for other cities around the world.

January 28, 2024 — Douglas Koh

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