Singapore's Cycling Network

As road cyclists, we spend most of our cycling time on the road. However, it shouldn’t be much of a secret that we’re not only road cyclists, we’re also overall bicycle fanatics! Which means we also do other disciplines and we also own multiple bikes that aren’t road bikes. This also means that when we’re not on our road bikes, we also use park connectors, cycling paths and even pedestrian pavements (although we hate this most and try to plan our cycling routes in a way that we can avoid this as much as possible).

We feel that this has been highlighted a number of times but the recent pandemic and consequent bike boom has gotten a lot of people to pick up cycling either as a hobby or as a means of commuting.

As such, the Singapore government has looked into our cycling infrastructure, something a lot of long-time cyclists have brought up for some time. The Singapore government recently released The Green Plan 2030, in which a key target is to almost triple the cycling network that currently exists from 460km to 1320km. In fact, the first phase of this plan has begun, with the government looking into adding 160km of cycling paths in the eastern sector of Singapore, covering areas like Geylang, Marine Parade, Pasir Ris, Serangoon and even Bishan. This plan will also look into possible reclamation of road space for cycling lanes and how to execute that out seamlessly, as well as connecting existing paths properly.

Credit: Straits Times Singapore

There are a couple of things in the current cycling infrastructure that can be improved on and we gather some opinions of cyclists online. The first one has been briefly addressed by the authorities’ target to connect existing paths properly. If you’re a cyclist who uses cycling paths, you will find that paths in a lot of towns are disconnected from each other. For example, a stretch from one junction to another can have a cycling path on the left side of the road, while the next stretch will have the cycling path on the right side. This would mean that cyclists have to cross the junction just to cycle on the cycling paths continuously.