Cycle for what?
Maybe you can’t remember when you last cycled. Maybe you sleep in your bike shorts (it’s ok, I won’t tell anyone else). Whichever way, here are some pros and cons of cycling to consider.
|To cyclists||– Exercise
– Control over travel time
– Possibly lower travel costs
|– Exposure to vehicle exhaust
– Exposure to weather
– Danger from reckless drivers
|To pedestrians||– Less vehicle exhaust||– Danger from reckless cyclists|
|To other road users||– Less people on buses/MRT
– Less cars
|– More to look out for when driving
– Possibly slower traffic speeds
|In general||– Less carbon emissions
– Less air pollution
– Less noise pollution
|– More sweaty people (cyclists might need shower facilities at destination)|
But wait, bike lanes? What bike lanes?
Good question. Here’s a little background information.
- It is legal to cycle on roads (except expressways), but there are no bike lanes on roads, and no plans to build any. The reason given is scarcity of land.
- It is not legal to cycle on pedestrian pavements except where Cycling on Footways schemes are in place, such as in Tampines. (However it seems this law is not always strictly enforced.)
- Bike lanes are being built along Park Connectors, beside jogging paths. These will total 360km by the year 2020.
- There are already bike lanes in HDB towns such as Pasir Ris. These are mostly beside pedestrian pavements and lead to key transport nodes such as MRT stations. More such lanes and more parking will be built over the next 5 years.
(1) Cycling on Footways scheme, Tampines – from here, accessed 15 Jul 2009
(2) Park Connector, Pasir Ris – from here, accessed 15 Jul 2009
(3) Multi-storey bike parking, Pasir Ris MRT – from here, accessed 15 Jul 2009
Now imagine that Singapore has…
- dedicated bike lanes wherever there are bus routes
- public bike parking not just at train stations
- cyclist licensing pass safety test first – no licence, cannot use bike lanes
- clear cycling laws for cyclists and other road users
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