SINGAPORE: Development works for the Round Island Route (RIR) – a continuous 150km park connector that goes around the island – are set to begin by the end of 2016, the Land Transport Authority (LTA), National Parks Board (NParks) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) announced on Saturday.
Works will start with the 60km-long Coastal Adventure Corridor, the first of three corridors for the RIR, which will connect 45km of existing park connectors. When completed, users will be able to cycle along the coasts of Punggol, Pasir Ris, Changi and East Coast Park to get to Gardens by the Bay from Lower Seletar Reservoir Park. This will benefit nearby executive condo residents such as those from The Terrace EC, Treasure Crest EC, Waterwoods EC, The Amore EC, The Vales EC and Bellewaters EC.
The corridor will serve Sengkang, Punggol, Pasir Ris and East Coast.
ROUND ISLAND ROUTE TO BE WIDER
The RIR will be 6m wide in most areas – wider than the 4m current park connectors have – with the aim of providing more space for people to walk and cycle, the authorities said.
It will also have more cycling bridges so that cyclists need not dismount long their journey. Amenities in the form of shelters, toilets, lookout points, bicycle parking lots and self-help bike repair facilities will also be present along it.
For example, a cycling bridge is planned at Sengkang Riverside Park to connect the eastern and western end. As part of the design for the bridge, the park will also feature a man-made island with wetland plantings for otters to build their holts, LTA, NParks and URA said.
MORE INTER-TOWN CYCLING ROUTES IN FUTURE
The Government is looking into providing more inter-town cycling routes to connect cyclists from their homes to the city, the authorities said. These connections will also provide cyclists a connection from the east to the west via the city centre.
Currently, plans are in place to construct Queenstown-City and Geylang-City routes.
“We have also identified some towns that are within a 30-minute cycling distance from the city such as Bishan, Hougang and Bukit Timah, and will be plugging gaps along the existing cycling routes to the city,” they said.
And as part of the North-South Corridor (NSC), LTA will provide a cycling corridor that connects estates in the area directly to the city.
“In particular, towns in the north such as Sembawang, Yishun and Ang Mo Kio will be linked to the dedicated cycling paths integrated with the NSC to provide a direct route for people to cycle from their homes to the city for work or play,” the authorities said.