Cycling from home to the city will soon be easier. In the near future, Singapore will boast a comprehensive cycling network with dedicated bicycle paths connecting housing estates in the north, south, east and west to the city centre. Key to this network is the 450m-long Bencoolen Street, which has been spruced up with a cycling path and more than 125 bicycle parking lots.
Its cycling path will connect to existing and future cycling routes all over Singapore. It will link to Queenstown in the west, Bishan and the North South corridor in the north, and the central area cycling network in the city - which will in turn be linked to the Marina Bay area and the eastern part of Singapore via East Coast Park. These plans, which aim to make the city centre car-lite, were unveiled by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Sunday (May 28) at the launch of the revitalised Bencoolen Street.
Two of Bencoolen Street's four original car lanes have been converted into footpaths for pedestrians and a cycling path. Sheltered linkways now connect bus stops and the Bras Basah MRT station to nearby developments such as Manulife Centre and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa). The authorities also worked with students and alumni from Nafa to design and install unique benches along the street.
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