Making Tampines a Cycling Town
Cycling is an environmentally friendly and a healthy mode of transport and
Tampines, being a compact town is an ideal choice for a model cycling town.
Taking Tampines MRT station as a focal point, the furthest block is only 2
kilometres away. With facilities, schools and shops in close proximity, more and
more residents are choosing to cycle as their preferred mode of transport to
travel about in Tampines.
â€˜The cycling on footways trialâ€™ was a tripartite
effort initiated in Tampines by its Grassroots Organisations, the Town Council,
Traffic Police (TP) and the Land Transport Authority. It was conducted in
response to the increasing trend of residents cycling on the footways, although
it is illegal. It started on 27 May 2007 and ended on 31 Jan 2009.
The tripartite decision to legalize sharing of footways came after careful
thought, and after assessing the feedback received from residents. The
tripartite committee concluded that while there is general acceptance of the
trial in Tampines Town, cycling on footways is feasible and sustainable only if
all three key features identified â€“ infrastructure, education, and enforcement â€“
are implemented together.
Efforts by the Tripartite Partners
Here are some improvement measures taken by the tripartite
Land and Transport Authority
- Widened the Pedestrian Crossings at 10 locations
- Installed "Cyclist Dismount" Signs at 7 Locations
- Lengthened "Green-man" Time at 3 locations
- A total of 1.2km of footpath covering 3 main locations in Tampines was
widened to 2.0 m.
- Provided 247 nos. of sheltered bicycle parking facilities near the Tampines
MRT station in Aug 2009 as part of a pilot project.
- In addition to the 2.3km dedicated tracks provided by the Town Council, LTA will be building 6.9km of dedicated tracks in Tampines by 2012.
- Production of educational, publicity materials. These include brochures,
posters and banners. â€˜Safe Cycling Videoâ€™ in English with subtitles in Thai,
Bengali and Chinese was also produced. Emphasis was placed on education of the
cyclist in two main groups, ie, the younger ones and the foreign workers.
- Conducted talks and exhibition to 14 schools in Tampines GRC.
- Outreach to foreign dormitories with large number of foreign cyclists within
- Conducted two enforcement blitzes with cycling wardens on 23 Nov 08 and 7
Dec 08. Purpose is to educate and enforce against errant cyclists.
Tampines Town Council
- Constructed a bicycle track behind bus-stop at Blk 302 Tampines Avenue 2
- Constructed two stretches of bicycle lane, 2.3km long as a pilot project.
- Worked closely with LTA to follow up on the implementation of the 6.9 km
dedicated bicycle tracks.
- Working on the by-laws to regulate safe cycling on footways.
- Engaging Auxiliary Police Officers to conduct patrols with cycling wardens,
and carry out enforcement against reckless cyclists.
- Provided 8,790 bicycle parking facilities in the estates
- Set up and administer the Online Bicycle Identification System (BIDS)
Tampines Grassroots Organisations
- A total of 120 cycling wardens were recruited. The cycling wardens were
deployed to educate cyclists and pedestrians on safe sharing of footways.
- Encouraged Residentsâ€™ Committees to form cycling clubs and use the cycling
club as a platform to educate all cyclists on the importance of personal safety,
having the basic gadgets, the importance of giving way to pedestrians when
cycling in groups and to emphasize that the pedestrians still have the right of
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