THE Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Tuesday announced preliminary plans to transform Ang Mo Kio into a more walkable and cyclist-friendly town.
A key proposal is a weather-proof walking and cycling path under the MRT viaduct, south of the Ang Mo Kio MRT station - to make it easier and more comfortable for residents to commute.
There are also plans to create an elevated path along the MRT viaduct for pedestrians and cyclists to bypass the MRT station and avoid street-level crossing for a faster and safer journey.
Other measures include bicycle parking, dedicated walking and cycling paths, safer bus stops and road crossings, and providing better access to the Ang Mo Kio MRT station.
LTA's chief executive Chew Men Leong said: As we continue to expand our public transport infrastructure and move towards a vision of a sustainable and liveable Singapore, we will also complement these efforts by enhancing the travel experience for commuters in the first and final leg of their destinations, be it through walking and cycling."
Beyond this initiative, there are also plans for a 2.6 kilometre-long corridor along the MRT viaduct between Yio Chu Kang MRT station and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, to provide a seamless, weather-protected path for pedestrians and cyclists to travel between their homes and the MRT stations.
The public will be able to provide feedback for this initiative from Wednesday to Feb 1, 2015, through a dedicated website, www.walkandcycle.sg, as well as via a roving exhibition, to be held in various locations around Ang Mo Kio.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the weather-protected walking and cycling path under the MRT viaduct at Ang Mo Kio station will be the first of its kind in Singapore, but there been similar initiatives before this. The article above has been revised to reflect this.